Decibels

The sound of raindrops
Falling on rooftops
Calming and chaotic
Relentless yet rhythmic

The rustling of the summer breeze
In the distance, I hear a sneeze
Mine; somebody misses me
And it’s with them I want to be

The quiet of night
In a foreign place full of light
A face, comes to mind
It’s yours, all the time

Sounds, they give meaning
Words, beg for listening
Silence, feeling emotion
Are all decibels, set it motion

— J.M. (2017)

Note: This one was written for a special someone who I’ll never forget.

Space

I: STARS

In the dark of night,
Beside my bed a flash of light,
That turned out to be a star,
One of many more.

The stars shone in the trees,
Dancing in between the leaves.
Forming constellations,
And predicting our future.

Darkness sank into the depths,
As the elusive stars dot the lake.
A head, a shoulder,
A breath, a sigh.

From jazz to dance,
A midsummer night’s​ romance,
We traversed the city on borrowed time,
Always afraid of losing to chance.

II: GALAXIES

On the great canvas gifted to you,
You painted the galaxies,
In all shades but blue.

And then we danced on its arms,
Always careful, never fearful
In knowing there will be no harm.

The loss of silver,
The shimmer of gold,
In there you’ll keep the stories I’ve told.

As the sun shines as a star,
And the stars make up a galaxy,
That is how you had always made me.

III: UNIVERSE

A spaceman floating in the void,
Alone with no spirit,
He looks around and what he sees
Is a sea of darkness with no end

The spaceman thinks this is the end,
But remembers right before the attempt,
That the universe is not so empty,
But filled with all the stars and galaxies.

Then he sees it all at once,
The tiny sparks of light
Flickering all the way up, down,
And too, all around.

He sees the stars,
The ones he saw from home.
He sees the galaxies,
The ones he’d always dreamt.

Then he remembers,
That he’s not alone.
This universe may be big,
But love is bigger.

IV: INFINITY

I can live, without any regret,
And be eternally grateful to whom I’ve met.
For what you have given me;
A past, a present, a future.

An entire lifetime,
From birth to death
We had no time,
Yet we had all of time.

What you thought in months,
I thought as eternity.
Between one and the other,
Is just infinity.

— J.M. (2017)

Prayer

My eyes are closed
And I don’t see as I used to see
It feels like I’m wandering
In darkness like an endless sea

Yet there are flashes of light
As I silently pray
Your flame rekindled my faith
But for what, I’m not sure what to say

The words echo in the walls of my mind
For safety, for security
For travels and returns
For goodwill, for comfort
For assurance and reassurance
For you and I

— J.M. (2017)

Polaroids

I take photos for more than just to fill my Instagram feed, but also to capture these instances worth remembering. It’s for those moments that I want to keep frozen in time, never changing but always felt differently. And when I look back at them down the road, I would feel like I had achieved something, that I have grown since.

Feelings rise and ebb,
Just like the sea hugs the shore;
Flames stir in the light breeze,
Breathing life into us and more.

I keep these li’l fractals on loop,
Not forgetting but never holding back;
A box of memories labeled with your name,
With hand-drawn faces on a Polaroid stack

— J.M. (2017)

Too Late

Some nights,
You find yourself losing sleep.
It’s like you can’t hear the quiet,
Only the voices of your demons.

Some nights,
You lay in bed, wide awake.
With a wetness in your eyes,
But dryness in your soul.

Some nights,
You just want to stay in the dark.
Too afraid of what was,
What is, and what could be.

Those nights,
You realise you’ve fucked up,
And it’s too late to fix things.
It’s just… too late.

— J.M. (2017)

Home

Before you,
A home is empty
Just a shelter
Rain or shine

Home,
Is where you can come back
And where you feel safe.

A home is more than
Just four walls and a roof
Built to keep in
Built to keep out

Home,
Is where you can be you;
Where you make it like you.

You feel like home.
I am at home.

— J.M. (2017)

Views

When the light begins to fade
Over the skyline bathed in gold
Fireflies come to life
Dancing in the concrete jungle

People come up here
Some to pray, some to sway
Some to bond, some to break
And some just for the view

But I don’t care for the view,
If you’re not in it.
Why? Because darling,
You are the view.

— J.M. (2017)