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Written by Andrew Octavian

Siesta, or more commonly known as napping, is an art. To master it is to be able to fall asleep anywhere safely and wake up feeling refreshed, which in this era of buzzing society is practically impossible. But hey, why not give it a try? At least if you want to fight your sleepiness, you’ve got to fight it right!

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Know the kinds of naps there are:
  • THE NANO-NAP (10-20 seconds) – Sleep studies have not yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals. This kind of nap is – for instance – when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train.
  • THE MICRO-NAP (2-5 minutes) – Shown to be surprisingly effective at shedding sleepiness.
  • THE MINI-NAP (5-20 minutes) – Scientifically proven to increase alertness, stamina, motor learning, and motor performance.
  • THE ORIGINAL POWER NAP (20 minutes) – Includes the benefits of the micro and the mini counterparts, but additionally improves muscle memory and clears the brain of useless built-up information, which helps with long-term memory.
  • THE LAZY MAN’S NAP (50-90 minutes) – Includes slow-wave plus REM sleep; good for improving perceptual processing; also when the system is flooded with human growth hormone, great for repairing bones and muscles,
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Some pointers that might be helpful in taking good naps:
  • Certain foods and drinks help you fall asleep easier, such as milk, almonds, oatmeal or cherries.
  • If you don’t want to fall into deep sleep, try sleeping at a propped upright position, or since we all have phones, set an alarm.
  • For hoodie lovers out there, wearing hoodies is an amazing way to keep your body warm and to keep yourself off from the sun.
  • If you feel like you need a serious boost, have a swig of coffee before you hit the hay. Researchers found that a cup of coffee followed by an immediate 15-minute nap is a notably more effective method of staying awake and alert for longer than either coffee or a nap alone. This is because the coffee would take approximately the said amount of time to metabolize and give you the kick you need.
  • Einstein Nap Method – If you’re concerned about napping too long, hold a pencil while you’re drifting off. When you fall asleep, the pencil dropping will wake you up.

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Written by Toh Boon Kheng / Picture credit: https://warframe.com/media

This game review is has been long overdue. Warframe is literally 3 years old, and has a 9/10 rating on Steam. So, would you like to hear about a game involving space ninjas running around, fighting various alien species and machineries?

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What Is Warframe?

In this game, players are called Tenno and play as warframes, which are space ninja suits capable of a ton of action. It is well-known for fast-paced gameplay, and smooth combat systems. Warframe is published by Digital Extremes, and runs on the Evolution game engine. The PC version was released in 2013, and has slowly expanded to other platforms within the following year. Warframe is a free-to-play online game with in-game purchases. There is a subscription option called Prime Access, where you get some amazing perks, such as specially designed Prime gear and a certain amount of in-game currency per month, although it doesn’t affect gameplay much (or at all, even). It prides itself in being a third-person ‘cooperative’ shooter, while maintaining separate player bases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Many consider Warframe as a multiplayer game, but believe me when I say, single player campaigns are quite possible.

Can My PC Run Warframe?

The minimum system requirement as stated on the official website is as follows:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 / AMD Athlon x64 4000+ (~2.2 dual core CPU)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Graphics: NVidia 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3600

DirectX: 9.0c

Hard Drive: 10 GB available space

However, my PC specs are as below and the game runs fine at approximately 50 frames per second (fps). This is provided the graphics settings are set at the lowest level, and with steady internet (of course). Disclaimer: It may not run as smoothly on every PC below the stated minimum requirements, and attempt at your OWN RISK.

Processor: Intel Core i3 M350 @2.27GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics

DirectX: Has 9.0c installed

Hard Drive: Has more than 10GB available space

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This Is So…Ninja

The gameplay is mostly flawless. Initially, Warframe was not as solidly established as an action third person shooter. Over time, updates such as Melee 2.0 and Parkour 2.0 has made Warframe an action online game to be reckoned with. Personally, I have not seen a game with mobility options as fun as Warframe. Pairing this with the amazing close combat options, you are literally slicing and dicing till the end of the game. You can use guns, but why? Firstly, the guns do not perform as well as the melee weapons, which is where the flaw comes in. They call themselves a shooter, but the guns are not great? How ironic. It is not horrid, but cutting and stabbing is better. Secondly, ninjas don’t use guns. Shurikens, kunais, and bows are great replacements for guns, and these traditional ninja weapons run relatively well. I guess Digital Extremes takes the space ninja concept very, very seriously.

Refined & Refreshing

When first looking at Warframe, one very significant detail comes to mind. The graphics look amazing, even at lowest setting! From the on-point lighting, to the fine details of the environment, Warframe looks like a well-crafted game on par with many pay-to-play games out there. Furthermore, unlike the repetitive shooter games donning military outfits, and regular looking weapons, Warframe takes a more eccentric route. The character models look like a meshwork of colourful playdoh, yet it seems to fit well with the setting of the game itself. The factions of the game also have notable traits which differ noticeably from one another. Surely, this design does not suit all, but it certainly a relief to know that unique and creative game designs still exist among shooter games.

Customs & Money

The customisability in this game is great, although not the best in the market. Colour options for warframes, weapons, and gear are vast; larger than most games. Additional cosmetic gear is always added to the game, providing even further freedom for players to pimp up their characters. The catch is, without doubt, cost. The free customisation is extremely limited, having only about a dozen colours, and no free additional cosmetic gear. While the cost may be minimal, not all players are willing to spend the amount. However, the developers do need to earn money too, so it is completely understandable and acceptable for them to impose a cost on cosmetics. Thankfully, gameplay is once more, unaffected.

The Multiplayer Complex

Playing-versus-environment (PvE) along the story campaign is fun, whether you play alone, or with a team. The story is lacklustre, but the emphasis is clearly not there. Many bosses are made much simpler by going in as a team and attacking from various angles, as with most games. The single player PvE option is there, but gets exponentially harder as you get to higher levels. Here is where the ‘cooperative’ side shines brightly. Playing as a team makes the difficulty increase more stable and bearable. However, I am uncertain on whether this is a good thing, as I enjoy the single player campaign more. Regardless, the developers met their goal accurately, and we can applaud them for that.

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The downside of the multiplayer is in the Conclave. The Conclave is basically the player-versus-player (PvP) aspect of Warframe. It has three partitions; Annihalation (kill everyone), Team Annihilation (kill everyone on the other team), and Capture the Cephalon (steal a flag from across the map and run back). To be blunt, it is unbalanced. Clearly, some warframes perform better than others in the respective settings. The attempts to balance the PvP by banning certain warframes from Conclave feels very restrictive, while bringing little effect. It is obvious that Digital Extremes is trying to fix the PvP by reworking it several times, but they have yet to succeed.

TL;DR

Pros: Overall great game, easy on low-end PCs, looks amazing, fun PvE gameplay.

Cons: Limited free customs, PvP is just bad.

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Written by Toh Boon Kheng

Dear Miss Perfect,

You amaze me;
From the radiance you project,
To artistry of you we all see.
One is blessed to have you close,
To stroll in the park,
Or to embrace nose-to-nose;
Either way, laced with songs of the lark.
If only things were not so grim,
Thinking of moments that once were,
For I will never be him,
And you, never her.
It is melancholic to love with these sutures,
While having the past steal our futures.

Yours sincerely,
The one who cares dearly.

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Toh Boon Kheng – IMU Editorial Board 2015/16 President

When I first joined Editorial Board, there was only a small team and a magazine dream. Now, we have developed a lot since, even adding a website under our responsibilities. It has been a wonderful experience. From facing a wall of tasks, to working with the best colleagues of all time, being the President of IMU Editorial Board was a horrid expectation turned beautiful memory. I did not choose to take the post, yet now I find it hard to let go.

The faces you meet; the places you seek. It has been an eye-opening journey through the IMU culture diversity, seeing the campus in a new light, only because I was a part of the Editorial Board. I can still recall the nervous feeling at my first event report: IMU Cup Cheer 2014. Since then, I knew there was something special about this club. I used to have an article ‘headcount’, but now I have lost count. As a committee, we have nurtured the club as much as we can, so it is time for some of us to rest back to watch it bloom on its own. Time flies; things feel not so long ago, but it has really been an eventful year. We all make decisions we regret, but being in this Editorial Board will not be one.

Thank you, readers, for giving us reason to go forward. Thank you, Dr Katrina & Ms Dachaini, for your kind support. Thank you, my dear outgoing committee, for it has been a ride to remember.

Ivanova Anjani – IMU Editorial Board 2015/16 Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief was a challenging position. Aside from making sure all the necessary events are covered by the reporters and photographers, the Editor-in-Chief must also encourage the writers to create relevant, creative articles, as well as ensuring all magazine page designs were top notch. I also dabbled with creating promotional posters for the purpose of Public Relations. So it’s clear that the Editor-in-Chief required me to maintain my connections with other people in the club, both committee and regular members. In addition, I also participated in development of Editorial Board into something bigger and better.

Though it was labour intensive, Editorial Board is also a labour of love, and being Editor-in-Chief helped mature my sense of leadership and time management. It was also really fun to have lively discussions with other members. Thinking of how we all were able to bring the shambles that was Editorial Board into something substantial like it is now always brings a smile to my face.

I hope that in the coming years, Editorial Board will become an integrated part of IMU, one that all IMU students will be proud being a part of.

Photographs submitted to IMU Photography Club

With an exciting collaboration with the IMU Photography Club, we present to you their ongoing “Picture of the Week” project, or in short, POTW!
Here are some photographs submitted by students around IMU on weeks 15, 17, and 18 respectively of the project itself. If you think you have a penchant for photography, why not join in this weekly contest? For more information, check out their Facebook page or tag your photos with the hashtag #imupotw on Instagram!
1Winter- nature on streets | Week 17 & 18: STREET & NATURE
By: NC
Description: I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.
Gear: Iphone 5
2Beauty in the wild | Week 17 & 18: STREET & NATURE
By: Khoo Han Yeann
Setting: 1/2sec, ISO800, f/3.5
3Young, wild and free! | Week 15: Portrait / Animals
Description: It’s good to stand and look around once in awhile.
By; Daniel Tan
4The mysterious one | Week 15: Portrait / Animals
By: Yaohan Wong
Description: What’s the point in you knowing who I am
5Doge with a stick | Week 15: Portrait / Animals
Description: Dogs are human’s best friend
By: Ng Chun Guan
6Girl Taekwondo Player | Week 15: Portrait / Animals
Description: Girls can fight as good as guys
By: Azfar Afham
7Cute and cuddly | Week 15: Portrait / Animals
by Lee Cheng Hern
Description: How do I pose on this couch so I look cute?

 

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Reported by Aashwany Chandra Mohan Photographs by Andrew Octavian

After an exciting and harrowing period of elections and mentoring sessions, the Student Representative Council (SRC) Handover Ceremony finally took place at noon at the driveway. It is a ceremony where the SRC committee members of 2015/2016 pass down their positions to the newly elected committee members of 2016/2017. The ceremony began at 11.30am with Ismail (ex – VP of medicine) as the emcee for the day who welcomed the guests and students present. The mic was then passed on to Kenneth Lee, ex – president of SRC, who gave a witty introduction of his committee members and also reminisced the challenging and successful moments being a part of the SRC. Even though, he came up with a spontaneous and informal speech, he managed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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“Being an SRC member is definitely an arduous task but you will definitely enjoy every moment that comes along with it” – Yap Soo Min, (Secretary of SRC 15/16) who will be leaving to University of Dundee soon.

The event then proceeded with an appreciation ceremony where reward hampers where given to the library and student services team for their ministrations with SRC 15/16. Felicity Ng, the current president of SRC 16/17 was then welcomed to give a speech, where she thanked Kenneth and his team for their guidance throughout an entire month despite being busy with their courses and exams. She also hoped that the new SRC will be able to improve and bring IMU to another level and strive for success despite all the possible challenges.

Then we came to the bittersweet session of passing over, where the ex – committee and the current committee exchanged gifts and the new members get their freshly printed name badges. The handover ceremony ended with Ismail saying, “For us it’s the end, for you guys it’s a start. THANK YOU!” Last but not least, a delicious – looking and simple lunch spread was provided for the SRC members, guests and students.

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 “Even though I’m the cultural & religious representative, I hope to focus on humanities and I don’t want it to be entirely about culture and religion but also what culture embodies, that for me is the performing arts, which I hope for it to shine in IMU” – Umeswari Kandasamy, Cultural & Religious Representative 2016/2017

SRC Handover

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The SRC 2015/2016 have contributed well to IMU in many ways from extending library hours during exam periods, addition of Arts & Photography competition for IMU Cup, coming up with a new booking system for sports and event venues and the list goes on. We from IMU Editorial Board would like to thank the Student Representative Council 2015/2016 for the continuous and endless support to our club and also to IMU students and we wish them all the best in their studies and future endeavors. Not to mention, we also would like to congratulate the Student Representative Council 2016/2017. Good luck!


 

Student Representative Council Members of 2016/2017

President: Felicity Mishan Ng (ME115)

Secretary: Lee Sook Yee (ME115)

Treasurer: Law Tong Yee Matthew Edward (ME215)

VP of Medicine: Celine Perera (ME115)

VP of Dentistry: Phebe Chua Yi Shi (DT115)

VP of Medical Sciences: Eugene Yong Chern Jue (CH115)

VP of Health Sciences: Kelly Low Jia Li (PS215)

VP of Pharmacy: Tan Shin Thong (BP215)

VP of Postgraduate Studies: Dang Nguk Ling (PhD)

IT Liaison: Louise Ngam (ME215)

Public Relations Liaison: Jonathan Chua (ME115)

Social Concerns Liaison: Sarah Soon Khe Wei (DT115)

Cultural & Religious Representative: Umeswari Kandasamy (ME115)

Sports Representative: Cheong Chee Qing (ME115)

Vice Sports Representative: Lenon Loh Hao An (ME115)

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Written by Andrew Octavian

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Winning the 2015 Google Science Fair was like a dream came true to Olivia – from Connecticut, United States of America – who had developed a faster, cheaper, and more stable test for Ebola virus in less than 30 minutes. She noticed the problem the current Ebola detection was complex and lengthy, thus she simplified it while maintaining its integrity. However, the key to her victory was her innovation of utilizing silk fibers to stabilize the chemicals tested, allowing them to be stored at room temperature for up to 3 weeks, no refrigeration required, unlike with current Ebola tests.

 

Kelvin Doearticle-kelvin-1205Now a Sierra Leone teenage national icon, Kelvin Doe came from humble beginnings. As a child, he would often dream of solutions to problems in his community. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school for his inventions. At the age of 13, he had already built his own radio station. Upon becoming a finalist in the GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, Doe gained more popularity amongst the engineering community and officially became the youngest ever “visiting practitioner” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

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Bio-waste materials such as mangosteen skin means something more than just what they are to Faye. She experimented with these waste materials and processed them to become mordant – together with onion skin extract – for cotton fabric dyes. This project not only replaced the utilization of hazardous chemical mordants with bio-waste material, but at the same time also helped recycle bio-waste itself. She won first place in the 2014 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ in the category of environmental management.

 

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At the age of 16, he won the Grand prize of the’ Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ for developing an inexpensive method of pancreatic cancer detection. Andraka’s Dipstick Sensor method costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes, dozens of times faster, less expensive and even 100-fold more sensitive than current existing tests. This method or detecting the biomarker of pancreatic cancer, mesothelin, in blood or urine results in 90% accuracy in detecting this particular biomarker. Moreover this test can also be used to detect ovarian and lung cancers.

 

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Pasterski was only 14 years of age when she first came to MIT’s campus office seeking approval one morning for the single-engine plane she built. Now, at 22, she has won various awards and is now seeking to explore black holes and space-time, particularly concentrated on explaining gravity through the context of quantum mechanics. She has received job offers from Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and aerospace company, Blue Origin. Even NASA has shown huge interest in the young physicist. Can a black hole even stop this force of nature?

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Written by Toh Boon Kheng Artwork by Foong Keng Wah

With life, comes death. Despite this, death is a taboo subject for a large portion of our society. So if you must, turn back and read another article. Still here? Good. Firstly, let me ask you a simple question. What would it be like, if one day, someone we love and care about was gone forever?

2015 was not exactly a fun year. Within a span of 6 months, five friends who were dear to me decided to take their own life. It made me wonder; I aim to be a psychologist, to help those in need, but I couldn’t help those close to me, so how could I help others in the future? The fact is, I am far from qualified, but above all, we are human. Now I know how certain they were about it, it becomes possible to respect their decision (though agreeing is a separate matter). This feeling of helplessness and self-blame allowed me to see that there are many things beyond our control as well as the things we can miss simply by being caught up in conversation. Don’t we wish to turn back time and change the outcome, or to look into the future and avert disaster? All we can do though, is to do what feels right, right now. Sometimes, it is not about what happened or what will happen, rather, it is about what we make of the present that we have.

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Image obtained from: https://dangerouslee.biz/2012/09/07/win-a-fight-by-walking-away/

It is a tough task to avoid feeling empty from the loss; drained and tired of life. When it really happens, there is no instant cure for the despair. It is okay to be sad. To be angry at the world for everything. To cry. But eventually, we have to take our own initiative to continue walking forward in our own life journey. Easier said than done. If it was ever easy to begin with, then it would probably already be done. The question now is; how do we do this?

All this talk of loss, and we tend to overlook that the loss has left a space in our lives. A space that perhaps we should fill. It’s not as simple as taking another person to fill it up. Each individual experiences the loss in different ways, and filling the gaps can be done in various ways as well. There are some of many things that we can bring into light:

       1. Appreciate the living.

We lost someone we care deeply about. Yet we are not the only ones grieving. Others who we are also close to, is in the same state as us. From personal experience, it helps to reach out, and support one another. Being there, knowing that we are not alone in this, that there are still family/friends to care for, all contribute to rebuilding the damage caused by a death. Losing a close one, and gaining a newfound closeness between those who remain.

2. Maintaining memories.

For those we spend a lot of time with, the loss will hit harder. Suddenly, you have plenty of alone time, or even an emptiness in the group. Even though, this person may be gone now, he/she/they would have left a significant mark in our lives. Plenty of moments shared, experiences learnt, and moments to cherish. It may not seem like much, but by having a small gathering of close family/friends to share and release these memory fragments, we remind ourselves that this loss does not change the memories made. It also serves as a reminder that this grief is simply dark clouds shadowing the sun, and that beneath it all, this person who had lit up your life still will, through shining the past into the present, even after they are long gone.

3. Doing something you love.

Basically, do something that makes you calmer or happier. It is not to distract your mind. Instead, it is another form of reminder. To remind us that life goes on regardless, and how this person we lost would be happy to know that we gained a greater appreciation on the fragile life we have. Stretch our insight and overlook on the world. Go on a vacation, and stare out into the ocean until a smile appears on our mouths. Hike that challenging mountain while we still can. Draw a painting of how we feel about the loss, so that all can appreciate this aspect of living. Or write an article about it all, so others know that it is human to feel loss, and that it is not the end of the line for us still here.

Of course, there is also grief counselling. This is merely an opinion article of how I believe one can self-cope, and there are plenty other things that can be done. Just don’t expect yourself to recover from the pain perfectly fine to carry on life as before. Someone is gone from your life now, and they will never come back. The way we see things, the way we get tasks done, the way we love, will never be the same again. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Change can very much be beneficial, as long as we maintain the core of ourselves. We learn from where we lack. A wise man, who goes by the name of Viktor E. Frankl once said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” We may end up lost while changing ourselves for the better, but hopefully, we can one day say that we have found our better selves.

In memory of; Ben, Ariana, Raj, Din, and Lizzy (Benjamin, Ariana, Rajagopal, Abidin, Elizabeth). You will be remembered fondly.

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Reported by Azfar Afham

The second Nottingham Ultimate Taekwondo Showdown 2016 (NUTS) was held on the 9th and 10th of April. It was organized by University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club under Master Bala, their coach. On the 9th of April, participants were required to weigh-in at the Sport Center, University of Nottingham to ensure that they will be competing in the right category.

            On the 10th of April, Poomsae and Kyorugi competition was held simultaneously. For those who are unfamiliar with the Taekwondo terms, Poomsae also known as pattern is a set of Taekwondo movements that contain blocks, punches, strikes, and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order. The patterns were developed by the grandmasters hundred years ago. The athletes were require to follow the Poomsae as it is. The judging criteria were based on the accuracy of every footwork and hand movements, as well as the charisma of the athletes during the performance. Kyorugi also known as sparring is where two individuals fight each other for most points by kicking to the vest (stomach area) and above, to the head. The only way for an athlete to win the match is by gaining more points than the opponent or knockout (KO). The athletes are required to read the opponents movements and react to every movement accurately.Kyorugi 1

            For this particular event, the organisers invited various universities nationwide to compete in and to crown the ultimate champion. IMU Taekwondo Club was honoured with the invitation. 8 players from the club competed; 7 Kyorugi players and 1 Poomsae player.

RESULTS:

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Based on the results, IMU Taekwondo Club aimed to bring back a gold medal in the upcoming tournament. Chan Chee Shan, the team manager, was proud with the results from the players and hoped that they will improve their skill to get better results in the future.

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Written by Toh Boon Kheng, Artwork by Tammy Teh Siew Vuon

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I remember,
The first moment I fell for you,
Everyone was laughing at a joke,
Yet somehow our eyes locked,
And we stopped laughing.
You blushed,
I can’t say I didn’t.
But there was too much at risk,
So I kept it silent;
Confessions left unspoken.
I remember,
The first time we kissed,
It was an all-in gamble.
The air was cold,
Shelves were tight,
The silence was deafening,
Who says libraries were for good kids?
We looked deep into each other’s eyes,
We knew things can’t change back;
Still, regret never showed itself.
I remember,
The first time we had a fallout,
You ended up saying it was okay,
That others needed my time more,
That you, yourself, were too selfish.
You were wrong,
I neglected you,
When in reality,
I needed you;
So I made sure to tell you I loved you every day.
I remember,
The first time I saw you wake from a nightmare,
It was far from the last,
You were soaked in sweat,
Tensed and afraid,
Unlike I have ever saw you before.
So I told you to go for a shower,
As I made you breakfast and chamomile tea.
I knew you’d tell me your tale someday,
And you did.
I remember,
When you had to leave,
Thousands of words,
And a hundred roses of poetry,
Could not keep you here.
So I let you go from my arms,
But held you closer with my heart,
Hoping and believing,
That someday you’d come back;
Waiting for the day that will never come.
I remember,
When you wanted to break up,
Something was wrong,
Something you didn’t want me to know,
So I did not ask.
You looked so certain,
As if it was a sale,
As if I were to be given away.
I agreed to end our love;
Not to lose you eternally.
I remember,
When I heard the news,
I was heading to campus,
But instead I sat staring at the wall.
Time is so relative,
A split second of tragedy,
Takes 2 hours to believe,
3 months to sink in,
7 months to swallow;
Yet forever wouldn’t be enough to forget.