To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Words by Anonymous
Art by Hayley Sinnatt

To the boy with the brightest smile,

I am not usually one to speak my mind, so I think it’s best for me to write my feelings down instead. Truthfully I’m scared, because my heart and brain go numb every time I stand in front of you.

I believe in love at first sight. Maybe I read too many romantic novels or maybe it’s because I fell for you the moment I saw your smile. That smile has lit up my days ever since our first encounter in the tiny club room. I like you, even though I don’t know you. All I knew was your name. But for me, that was enough.

Art has always been my way of expressing love. So naturally, you became my muse. With every line, every trace of detail, I came to realise that I could never truly capture you. The you who looked at me from across the room, the you who smiled – only to me, the perfect you.

The other day I found out that you like someone else. I was disappointed. I felt lost and desolated, but how could I, when I was never yours? It’s sad to think I am just another person who happened to cross paths with you. Though I know deep down, I wish I could be that person by your side.

I’ll never regret liking you. When I look back at my youth, I will remember the bittersweet feeling of loving you from afar.  For now, I just wanted you to know that I like you. I always will.


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