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A Billet-doux

After a year of working in foreign land, Marilyn the eldest daughter wrote to her family about her situation and job. And most especially to express her true feeling to her family.
Dear Mama, 
On the time that I left you
I cannot control the tears
Flowing in my eyes
I couldn't see you directly
And it continues to flow
When you said that time
"I will miss you"

Albeit I do not want to leave you
but my feet forcing me to go
because of our dilapidated house, 
slanting post, to have something 
to eat at least three times a day
and most especially to give
all your needs and wants in life

That's why I'm working hard
scrubbing the floor, cooking, 
caring the children and doing 
all the household chores
It seems I am a carabao
that almost no more sweat will fall. 

In the evening I tried to dance
In the middle of the smokey bar
With the twinkling sundry of lights
Touching my legs and breast
Just to allure the customer
In order for me to earn. 

You know one time Mama
I forgot to wipe the table
And when my Boss noticed it
He shouted angrily and he said
"You're such a b*st*rd"
I've just smiled at him 'coz
I don't know what he meant
Especially there is no dictionary here.

But you have nothing to worry 
With me my beloved Mama
I bought your favorite make-up kit,
Spaghetti dress and high heels
To my Papa, I bought him 
a very expensive liquor and cigarettes
to baby I have also a toy gun
and two boxes of Toblerone and Hersheys 
to my Lola and Lolo, to my Ate and Kuya
I have also a gift for them. 

I am doing this just for all of you
In order for us to eat three times a day
To give all your wants and needs in life
And most especially to show to 
All of you how much I love you
That I am ready to give my life 
And to suffer for you
Mama "If you just only knew
How much I love you."

With Love And Care, 

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  1. Date: 3/3/2013 8:00:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning. This write elicits much feeling in its wonderful expression.

    Pabon Avatar Anthony Pabon
    Date: 3/3/2013 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for your compliment! May you be inspired always to love. A blessed day!