He came into my life like fireworks on a week night.

He was loud and unexpected, but not completely unwelcome.

I knew from the moment I saw him that he’d be temporary, but I was captivated by his brightness and beauty, so I stayed.

Everyone wanted to be around him, and I was lucky enough to find a spot in his crowd.

I told myself not to get too attached because fireworks never last, but I couldn’t help but wonder if he could be different.

I thought maybe he’d continue to light up my skies, against all odds and expectations.

He was a rebel, after all, so I had some hope he’d defy everything I knew up to that point by sticking around.

But he didn’t.

He was gone too soon, leaving only a trail of smoke in his wake.

The rest of his audience scattered quickly. Running off to live their lives again, or maybe find another firework show to watch.

But I continued to stare at the dark sky, at the memories he left behind, at the hypothetical situations I’d created for us, as they faded to black in front of my eyes.

If only I knew exactly how soon he’d be gone, I might’ve stayed inside my house, to save myself the heartache of watching him disappear,

But like fireworks, I’m glad I got to watch his display while it was here.


You Are What Love Looks Like

Everything you do and everything you are is gorgeous.

I don’t mean you’re physically attractive, though I’ve always thought you were, but your heart is so pretty. I want to see it on every sign, in every store window, on the side of every bus.

You could end homelessness and hunger with your never ending kindness and compassion. You could grow flowers in the creases of your smile.

There are no limits to your beauty.

The thought that you don’t like yourself wrecks me, because I didn’t call you “sunshine” for no reason. I look at you and I see hope, and light, and safety, and peace.

You have the power to change the world, and you can make a difference.

Because of you I have grown stronger, and I have learned to appreciate the beauty of life and the things around me. You have passed some of your light on to me, and I will carry my torch through the world so maybe we can reach the people together, despite the distance between us.