Love in a distance, love in a pandemic

Our relationship is a routine With organized bullet points, Colour-coded priorities, And unchecked boxes Setting dates and alarms Making room for unscheduled moments Of comfort, Of peace, Of laughter, And quiet contentments Then we’re back on track With pixelated Zoom meetings Spending five minutes Asking if you can hear me Over and over and over …

Timetable of Us

7:05 am on a Saturday Good morning texts and motivational affirmations Flood my inbox Because it is your priority On the top of your to-do list On the Google Calendar agenda, I have made for you My love language is time But I took it too literally Placing our past, present, and future In bullet …

Hello & Goodbye Blue

Hello, white sand beaches and crystal blue waters Framing a beautiful view Sadly, I never fully appreciated The landscapes and photographic Aesthetics in front of me Because I was too busy Wondering and Carelessly daydreaming about you By the way, I like your eyes Especially when you smile By the way, it was easy Talking …

The Literary Trope I Never Loved

An ambiance of witty jokes and sarcastic banter Of obscure pop culture references, Classic novels to unknown authors, And movies directed by old skinny white men Who wears the word “genius” like a badge, Nothing is slow, everything is spinning A montage of sepia-toned laughter And shots of coffee, vodka, and cigarettes Fits into one …

I am Not a Love Poet

I was never a love poet most of my love poems suck I try to write about heartbeats, blushing, and weakening knees but I stop in the middle of a verse I stare at what I have written unsatisfied by my own clichés How can I write about love when it’s too overwhelming I have …

Dear Kenneth, I Love You

Our first conversation was through text We were sitting in the same room Without the “will he or will he not reply” anxiety I was talking while you were typing Because you were unable to speak You were sweet but kind of impulsive You met me out of recommendation After a wisdom tooth extraction For …

Black Mirror Relationship

I know the type They only make pop-up promises We light up like our screens They believe we’re too scared To take a chance and become Something more than digital They prey on those who want love They tweet and post poetic statements, Nicholas Sparks quotes, And unknown Tumblr sources They prey on those who …

Spitting Out Cliches

I love you to the moon and back I’d say, Jupiter or Neptune, But there’s nowhere for me to land I can keep going through space To equate my love with its distance but the farther I go I realize to the moon or the stars Would only make me miss you Roses are red, …