I Want To Do Nothing & Everything With You

I can listen to you talking about your grand adventures for hours. About the foreign cities you have visited. About Bosnia and Kosovo and Albania. About the exotic beaches and fellow travellers you meet at the seaside bar. About the things you see and the things you think about as you see those things. About the museums and the park…

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How We Say Goodbye When Summer Ends

Our retrouvailles marked the end of summer in your city. The city I came to love despite its constant windy chills and random rain showers: in summer. We remembered the couch—with plush pillows and soft blankets thrown carelessly over its surface; something that reminded us of the chaotic beauty of a studio of an artist. We spent so many times snuggling there;…

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How To Love.

Love by knowing that everything is temporary. Love by knowing that it will not last forever. Love by knowing that it could be the first and the last, the best and the worst, the only one or another one. Love by knowing that nothing is permanent. Love by knowing that this moment can make and break the rest….

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A Gift of Being.

Even if our only prayer is gratitude, maybe it’s enough. Even if our only ablution is acceptance, maybe it’s enough. Even if our only service is being compassionate, maybe it’s enough. Even if our only invocation is words of blessings, maybe it’s enough. Even if our only offering is non-judgement, maybe it’s enough. Even if…

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The One Who Never Leaves.

All of us have that one person in our lives: the one who never leaves. The one who never leaves is both always and never around. He is here, but at the same time, he isn’t. PHOTO BY NICO WIJAYA. You cannot hold his hands or kiss his cheek or hug him from behind anytime you like. He…

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About Someone Who Loves You.

One day, you’ll understand that the highest compliment you could ever receive is having someone who is with you; instead of having someone who wants to be with you. PHOTO BY NICO WIJAYA. By then, you’ve learned the hard way: that promises are not that difficult to break, that people don’t always mean what they say,…

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Take This Dance.

At first it was as if someone was brushing their gaze on you; like a soft touch on your bare shoulders–something light and airy and wonderful, like a luminescent feather oscillating in the dark; and then slowly, you felt the heat built up around you and the intensity got heightened; the feather was burning with blinding lights of fireworks;…

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The Answer.

We always think that we need The Answer. To move on. To have a closure. To be sure. To be double sure. To decide on what we want to do. To find out whether we should or should not fall in love completely. But why do we need to get The Answer from someone else to decide on whether we want to smile or weep; move on or fall in love?

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