What I See
Illustrated by Jenna Corpuz
Lilies have bloomed,
sprung up like a child reaching out
for something just beyond her fingertips,
reviving what was a desolate garden
And a serene light now seems to encompass my days
that were once burdened by insufferable darkness.
For even when you are not around,
the mere recollection of your smile is enough
to inspire an early spring.
Your laugh, although high-pitched and always
sounding the slightest-bit condescending,
is to me a warm, harmonious tune
to which I wish to dance, and
I don’t dance.
And the arch of your back is a terrain
yet unexplored, both strong and fragile,
as if concealed within you are the intricacies of a universe
that I long to unveil through
Because everything you are inspires
the world to be good in response. Now,
feelings are truer, sunlight shines brighter,
and the flowers are undoubtedly more fragrant.
If only you weren’t allergic.
If only you saw what I see.