The Six of Us
by Tiffany Chiu
With our squinty-eyed smiles, we captured our picture.
The six of us—nestled closely behind the narrow coffee table.
Our connected arms gracefully rested on shoulders
As we spent our final glorious days together.
With our airplane tickets, we said our goodbyes.
The six of us—dispersed across the nation
Lost in the unfamiliarity of our new “homes”
Plagued with our drowning depression and doubts.
With our phone calls, we wept until dawn.
The six of us—with time zone differences
Found an escape to breathe in our genuine conversations
As we found false hope in superficial friendships.
With our busy schedules, we abandoned each other.
The six of us—with new friends and new ambitions
Lost the sparks to maintain our friendship
Because we moved forward to new paths.
With our old photographs, I reminisced alone.
The six of us—now fully adjusted to our new lives
Occasionally talked of hanging out
But those plans never followed through.
With my throbbing sadness, I decide to give up.
The six of us—now familiar strangers
Have become only distant memories of the time
When we spent our glorious days together.