Waves of peace and pain

A friend once asked me, after a break-up with her boyfriend, “How long will this feeling torture me?” I reflected on my past experience with break-ups and responded with, “It’s like a series of waves. You have moments of peace and calmness then a sudden rush of emotions come to wash away the castle of […]

Tears of Blood

The sight of fresh, red blood as it dripped down my sister’s arm from her freshly picked scabs made me nauseous. It was as if her blood triggered a past, traumatic experience that I had blocked from my memory.                                   […]

How Meiro Koizumi’s ‘My Voice Would Reach You’ inspired me

I was in New York at the MOMA a while back when I came across a video installation by Meiro Koizumi called My Voice Would Reach You. I found it to be truly inspiring.   It starts off with a man standing at the corner of a busy Japanese city intersection, speaking to his mother on […]

A short lived romance

I was on the verge of falling in love with you but logic kept pointing out all the reasons you were wrong for me. How could I have a happy, stable future with a starving artist? I’ll always be living my life with you struggling to make ends up. My heart argued saying, “Love is […]

I never said, “I love you” but you made me believe in love

My biggest regret was never telling you how much I truly loved you. I remember you trying to convince me that we should just tell our friends we were in love – that my close friend would forgive me for messing around with you knowing she had a crush on you. I couldn’t help but question how […]

It’s not you, it’s me

I notice him responding to his friend’s text messages while I’m with him. I wonder why he doesn’t respond to my messages as quickly as he does for that person. I can’t help but feel insignificant but I say nothing because I don’t mean enough to him to make him change. I fear that if […]