The corners of her mouth raised like a child’s. A sparkle in her eyes.
She knew she was a star, but did she know which one she was?
She was the sun. The brightest of them all. Provided us with light and the necessary vitamins.
There was a transmissible laugh.
Forced to laugh with her whether you wanted to or not.
I remember telling her I missed her laugh and she responded, “which one? I have so many.”
I missed them all.
There was a warm embrace.
Never a need to chase her because she always got you.
One could easily fall into her comfort.
Her energy and space were so inviting.
There was a sternness in her voice.
Angelic too; somehow knowing how to mix them well.
Depending on who she spoke to, knowing exactly what to feed them.
There was a tenderness in her heart.
You heard it in her poems; you saw it when she cried.
Rivers flew and she looked so beautiful as she rid her pain.
There was a wittiness about her.
Her responses hitting you out of left field.
Catching them, a skill only the best were equipped with.
There was a wholeness in her soul.
All parts connecting.
Even days with no talking, smoothly transitioning into old times again.
There was a beauty in her smile.
In her laugh, embrace, voice, heart, wittiness, soul.
There was a beauty in
Michel Monique Antoine began writing at seven or eight years old when her parents gifted her a Winnie the Pooh (her favorite) journal. Naturally an inquisitive and introverted girl, and coming from an academically strong family, writing became more natural than talking. She enjoyed writing to express her emotions in a safe place and is inspired by her pain, heartbreaks, love, and passion. She began writing poetry in her early adolescence and began performing her poetry while in graduate school. Michel received her BA in psychology and MS in Mental Health Counseling. She continues to enjoy writing and performs at open mics throughout NYC. She released her first self-published book, “STOP, LOVE, and LISTEN”, a collection of poems and journal entries, in December of 2018.