A Year Later12 months later,Will I forgetThat there was onceA person I adored?52 weeks later,Will I rememberWhat it was likeTo be held in your arms?365 days later,Will your warmthStill accompany meLike those cold nights we've had together?8,765 hours later,Will you stillHold my handsUntil they're the same temperature?31,556,926 seconds later,Will there still be "us"?A year later,Will I rememberI had once fallen in love?Will I still be ableTo see our shadowsCollapse with each other?Will I remain faithful,And love you even after 31,556,926 seconds?Whether it's 8,765 hours,Or 365 days, 52 weeks,Or even just 12 months later --A year later,Will it matter to you?-- Will I matter to you anymore?
Sweet Twenty"Mom," I strolled into the kitchen, pretending to get a drink, "I'm turning sixteen this year." Yanking open the fridge, I peaked over my shoulder to see her reaction."That's great." My mom continued sucking on her cigarette."Sweet sixteen." I pulled out Dad's bottle of coke from the fridge and clutched it in my hands.She leaned back against the counter, letting her curly, chestnut hair fall above the sink."Am I getting anything special?" I finally gave in and put the coke back in the fridge."You're not drinking that?" A puff of hoary smoke raced through my mom's teeth.I sighed heavily. "Mom
"My mom has a habit of changing the subject when she doesn't want to talk about it."You know," She finally tossed her cigarette in the sink and turned to me, "In Taiwan, twenty years of age would be more worth celebrating than sixteen."I scoffed, knowing that what she was about to say was not what I wanted to hear."What's the big deal about becoming sixteen?" She smiled sweetl