The sweat-slick kiss of the sun
Embraces me through every droplet in the air.
Mornings greeted by
Floral silk pajamas trailing a fruit stand.
The walls and outlines that fill the distance
Seek rest from those inanimate.
The walls built to hold me tight.
The passage of time
Documented through the ice thawed on the surface
Passing rivers and valleys amidst skyscrapers and concrete.
Where the same sun kisses through March snowfall.
Melissa Bui (she/her) is a Canadian-Vietnamese designer who spends her time reflecting on her diasporic roots and the sense of belonging after living in both Vietnam and Canada and still feeling othered. @melissabuidesign