*written during the COVID-19 pandemic,
in response to the amount of hate and xenophobia
asians have been facing all over the world*
look how beautiful you are, with curiosity blooming in your eyes as you walk around a town you’ve never lived in before. you watch as young boys cycle together, the blonde one utters a slur when you pass by, you ignore him it isn’t the first time you’ve heard it, and oh well, he’s just a boy. look how beautiful you are, as you gawk at the cute cafes on every turn, a few heads shift to stare at you and a few mouths whisper, you ignore them after all, you’re just another foreigner, right? it’s natural to stare. look how beautiful you are, widening your eyes at the skyscrapers that behold your eye, they’re taller than you expected so you admire them in silence, until a man tells you that making your eyes look bigger won’t help you fit in, you ignore him everyone’s quick to assume once in a while. look how beautiful you are, as you rush to help the woman who dropped her basket of oranges, but she tells you to stop, she tells you to go back to where you came from and take all the people you killed with you, you ignore her at least you try to you want to say something, you want to shout but you can’t. you don’t know how to tell her that you mean no harm so you stand there all alone, trying to build a home away from home in a country so far, oh darling please just look, look how beautiful you are.