same city

the last time i was here i was in a different place

the surroundings and everything that it encompassed

were in place to bring me comfort

the city was a distraction

where i had to seek meaning for the events that had just transpired

but standing here today

i feel whole

with a better sense of myself, of love, and of life

i didn’t leave my heart in the city

i carried it with me wherever i went

and i allowed it to heal with every new sight and feeling

it’s the same city

same buildings

and same atmosphere

the only difference is the time that has passed since then

and if you ask me,

sometimes time is really all it takes to put things into perspective

and in time,

it will all truly make sense to you again.

Published by

Mikaela Chu

Writer | Based in Manila, PH