imagine the sweetness

by Noreen Ocampo

I would not be surprised
if I grew to love you more—


perhaps find new love in the
grit of pomegranate seeds


between teeth & as I set
freshly-washed strawberries


out to dry. I hope watching
my earl gray shift through


hues after a careful teaspoon
of condensed milk still


merits a smile. perhaps I will
always hear you laughing—

I can see your mouth clearly.
I see it at the worst of times,


& you can tell, can’t you? still,
there are so many ways to hold


a person, & I am thankful to
have experienced all of them


with you. the thing is, you have
a home in my heart forever,


so maybe, in the morning,
pour yourself a cup of tea


& imagine the sweetness.
visit the version of me


that still sleeps in your
chest & remember her, too.

Noreen Ocampo (she/her) is a Filipina American writer double-majoring in English and Film Studies at Emory University. She is also a regular contributor for Marías at Sampaguitas, a book reviewer for COUNTERCLOCK, and an Animal Crossing enthusiast. She aims to work in the intersection of storytelling and education someday. You can find her on Instagram as @noreen.ocampo. 

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