Remember Me

Not someone you can see every day
Like a shadow that follows you day by day
Watching over you for every single thing you do
Are you safe
Are you happy
Did you smile today
Do you hear my soft whispers at your ears when the wind blows
Do you feel my gentle nudge when something slips off your mind
Do you smell my sweet fragrance when happiness is in the air
My invisible existence
Easily forgotten, easily taken for granted
Will you still remember me when time fades your memory away
The clock is ticking
Forget me not
Celeste Koh

(Decided to revive, rewrite and publish this post that was abandoned in my draft box since this April)


I was motivated to write a poem titled “Remember Me” after seeing the news about Tiffany singing the soundtrack of the same title for the movie “Coco”. The movie is about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living (Wikipedia).

So I wrote this poem from the perspective of a soul or spirit of both the living and the dead that exists in a different dimension from our physical world. Naturally, I thought about Jonghyun who had just passed away last December. I thought about the loving spirits from whom I believe the voices I hear every day are coming from. I thought about Taenggu’s soul who has always been silently by my side watching over me. Similarly, I also thought about my own soul whom I believe has been staying by her side watching over her too. This poem is filled with my own heartfelt thoughts especially after having gone through schizophrenia and deeply thinking about the implications of this mental illness with relation to the spiritual world.

Things which are invisible and unheard of are easily forgotten. That is an undeniably sad truth among us, the humans who exists in the physical realm and in such a fast-paced world as of today. But if we bother to slow down our pace for a second and examine our surroundings carefully, would we notice any subtle traces of existence left behind by the guardian angels who have been silently watching out for you? When times are tough and you feel all alone, do you know how many pairs of invisible hands are behind your back supporting you and fighting this hard battle with you?

This reminds me of a very touching photo from my favourite movie “UP” (the top cover photo of this post) and a quote that I found a few years ago which goes fittingly well with it.

“Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Let this post be a reminder to myself not to forget the people who are faraway in physical space or in another dimension whom I don’t get to see and talk to every day but who matters to me and cares about me spiritually. 🖤

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