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You will know that I love you even when I don’t say it not even out loud or even when I’m still way too proud That fact, I have to admit I still own it How? It’s tricky Sorry, I’m not making this...


Having met you was a bad luck. Knowing you was a mistake. Having been with you was an equal match to insanity…even for a while. Yes, they all say I’d made that mistake when I was with you. They s...


Half the sound is faintly barricaded as I turn to the left The other half is still safe as I turn to the right I fear of slowly losing the ability to enjoy music and voices slowly consumed by thi...


“Bibi, where’s the cake?” asked my little niece Gira on the fourth of November. “We should sing a ‘Happy Birthday’.” “Aww, honey. I’m afraid there’s no cake like that for tonight,” I gently told ...


There’s nothing wrong with us, my love. Our hearts have been drawn to each other’s, united since Day One. I didn’t know why God had this plan for us. God? You’d always given me that amused expres...


No, sir! Where did you get the idea that it was about comfort? Where’s your empathy? Your statement has caused a lot of hurt No, sir! How could you ask such things? Why second-guess the victims? ...


October 27, 2017

"THE FAMILY PORTRAIT" in "SHORTS"

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With your last family portrait, I can say less. It is Eid-ul Fitr, when families and relatives gather in the same house. Feasting and chatting, excha...


Oh, I’ve had it with your sick, sappy love songs Why should I hear them all day long? Wherever I went, they were up in the air demanding that I should care Don’t you have anything else? Are other...


Nobody asked you to be tough, to always stand tall for everybody. I didn’t know where you’d gotten the idea from. A few months after your father’s funeral, you moved out. That new job was located...


I believe there’s a reason your shattered heart’s been revealed even when you refuse to mention or worry you may never heal I know I’m just a stranger in this other part of universe I don’t even ...


October 18, 2017

"YOUR HUNGRY EYES" in "SHORTS"

Your hungry eyes have always scared her. Every time the two of you hung out, that was how you stared at her. You looked at her as if she was…food. Shamelessly, you even stated with that weird ton...


You complain about my hair You make me want to swear or the chubbiness in my cheeks which somehow gives you the creeps Then you go on with my nose as if that isn’t close to insulting my appearanc...


For a very long time, probably most of my early life, I’ve never really cared for any beauty pageant contests. If you look at me, you’ll probably assume that it has something to do with the fact ...


I know you didn’t mean to see me through It’s something you can’t help and what you wish you never had “Have patience.” That was what you said that night when we decided to reunite How are you, o...


To my dear expatriate friends in Indonesia, I am writing this to let you know what I have been feeling for so long. You see, I love hanging out with you. I love making friends with many people. T...


All privileged with your life figured out Opportunities are there You get to do anything and go anywhere Flaunt your college degree perhaps some scholarship from another country Still, that’s not...


How odd, isn’t it? You learn something about yourself from pain. When you were still a toddler, your mother took you to a clinic for a vaccination. You don’t remember much, but she said you’d alw...


Are you coming home tonight? I’m waiting for you I’d rather stay up because your phone cannot be reached through Where are you now? The last time we talked, you sounded scared It’s been hours and...


Sometimes a soul wanders to find somewhere safer not in the shape of a building a house full of material things A soul can fear a mirror where the reflection might cause dread and terror A soul c...


I know I still have enough money to last for this month and at least half of the next. However, I’ve got to keep moving on. I’ve got to keep making more money - either through full-time, part-tim...


Oh, yes I mind my own business I do hang out with the boys It’s all my personal choice but I’m no prissy princess Oh, no Why are you judging me so low? Do you even know me so? These are my bros Y...


This message goes out to all of you, fighters and supporters who have been strong and patient enough - no matter how hard: Thank you. Thank you very much for sharing your stories last night. We o...


Oh, you’re so dying to be right assuming us in complete denial clearly begging for that spotlight Your accusations are beyond wild way out of line All in all, you’ve gone too personal Why keep pu...


Disagreeing is one thing, while gaslighting is another. Constructive criticism is much more helpful than just plain accusation. I love writing. I really, really do. I don’t just write for the sak...


Welcome to reality Again, this is how you’re supposed to be No more stupid sentimentality It only makes you one weakling, cry-baby They say speaking up is important but why do they pretend? Not e...


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