for you

to the baby,
who was born out of the strength of her mother
who was held and wrapped with love
who saw the sky for the first time

to the child,
who felt and fell on the ground before ever rising from it
who looked at the world with big eyes
who spoke of things she read from books

to the girl,
who dreamed
who asked questions
who hated her body
who cried and laughed
who grew up

to the young woman,
who saw the world for what it truly is
who heard things that built and broke her
who gave her heart
who sacrificed her passion
who lost herself
who struggled to find the light again

to the woman,
who tries
who gives everything
who smiles with tears in her eyes
who is finding her way back
who continues to get up with every sunrise after all that she has been through

this is for you.

Published by

Mikaela Chu

Writer | Based in Manila, PH