I’ve always felt all grown up since I was 8
I’ve looked after my younger siblings
Little darlings, watch out, they bite!
I did some cooking, mostly breakfast
Fried rice with fish and tomatoes
They said it was scrumptious!
I’m responsible for our merienda
Banana cue or bibingka what a choice
Making sure everyone’s got some.
I first left the country when I was 22
Such a daunting experience, if you ask me
My parents and siblings waved me goodbye.
But there I was in snowy Switzerland
Learning French and looking for a job
Such a big step, I’m proud of myself.
Rocking my son to sleep
We were both half asleep
Halfway through the night
On this crisp autumn night
My breathing in time with his
As the cat in his basket purred
Soft words as I sang his lullaby
“Don’t grow so fast,” I sighed
Beneath his ceiling full of stars
I know the pleasure’s all ours
We sat on the wooden chair
Together with his teddy bear
While I drank a glass of water
He heard the slapping of water
He opened his eyes and smiled
Oh he’s such a darling child