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Dive

Written by Jade Hayek

One finger at a time, I’ll remind you that I am here, I always have been. My love isn’t about holding on, it’s about letting go, one finger at a time. I stand beside you, gripping the edge of the world, and with each deep breath, we prepare for the drop, our dive into the deep. One finger at a time, we go with it, I fall in love whole, you fall in love whole, and even though we have both let go, I am here, I always have been.

Photography by Alesandra Varallo

Superpower

Written by Jade Hayek

Who would you be if I asked you, would you choose you or me or anyone else you see? When you look in the mirror do you count your blessings, beauty, or do you search for flaws? I sit in awe, I’m so sure, that it creeps up my skin to tell you more, to show you more, and nothing would frustrate me more if you didn’t choose to be you, if you didn’t count your blessings, beauty, and love you more. When you look in the mirror, I’d hope, you’d hope to see you, the only you, gasp for the air from your lungs, watch the rise and fall of the little ripples on your skin, look into your eyes. When your mind tells you otherwise, open your mouth, and remind yourself that it’s a blessing to be you; this is what separates you from everyone, this is your superpower.

Photography by Alesandra Varallo

Decide

Written by Jade Hayek

I won't always have the answers to stop you from crying, but I'm still trying, I'm still trying to tell you that if it wasn't me you had, if it was a need you had, in that heart of yours you have all you need. You're covering the light every time you hide your eyes, every time you hide your cries, but don't let the light fade out, don't let your life fade out, ways that made you can make it I'm sure. I won't always have the answers to stop you from crying, but you're here today because you've got it, let your ears hear every tear that falls from your face, with your hands open, say I got it, decide it, in that heart of yours you have all you need.

Photography by Alesandra Varallo

Eclipse

Written by Jade Hayek

It's an eclipse in my mind, the sound of words traveling with the sound of nothing, just to make room for them. I am conscious of everything that enters, carefully picking what stays, and grows, and I don't think twice about watering the love in bold letters. The words that float in italic slowly fade, and the love that blooms decimates all fear. It's an eclipse in my mind, a wake up call, reminding me that comfort is not home, I am always moving forward. With new words comes new life, I am learning what should stay, and what should walk away; this is where I explode with colour and grace, this is where my love blooms.

Photography by Alesandra Varallo

Oxygen

Written by Jade Hayek

Stand close, let me hear your breaths
The rise, the fall, the depths
I see you
Even when I turn away
I yearn for your closeness, I want you to stay
We stand in awe of our surroundings
Yet it's the oxygen between us that creates the bounding
I hear you
It's your breaths that stretch the constraints of time
It's the memory of your brush against my skin
The texture, the temperature, the sensation
That saturates this inspiration
Stand close, let me feel you.

Photography by Alesandra Varallo

Revelation

Written by Jade Hayek

I said it, you didn't hear me, but when you read it, your face said it, even though you pressed your lips together, the words twitched, everything in your mind switched, it wasn't just about you anymore. For the first time in all your breaths, you swam in the depths of your surface, your purpose, it was your greatest revelation. For the first time, you stopped the fight, you moved toward the light, it wasn't just about what you could take, for your sake, it shook you, a revelation that took you, far beyond everything you've ever thought, ever taught, and there you stood still as if caught, in the words in front of you. "All my life, I've been making my way to you."

Photography by Alesandra Varallo