R.S. Mallari

Balikbayan (Homecoming)

It was 2008 when I boarded the plane
Left my heart with my crying wife
With her, my daughter and my son
Time to go on a journey, first flight

As I buckled up, stared at the window
I knew then, it’ll never be the same
My heart filled with pain, much sorrow
I left my family with, only my name

In 2009, three months before my home flight
Misfortunes struck me in bulk
Everything came to a sudden halt
The company where I worked, bankrupt

I endured three months existing, not living
In a dilemma, I want to go home yet I cannot
Thoughts of my family, kept me moving
Until I found a new pasture, one more shot

November 2009 was the darkest
Death has taken my beloved mother
I, the favorite son, the youngest
On her final hour, I wasn't even there

Now 2010, ticket at hand, at last
After two years of sweat and blood
To be reunited with my family at long last
The entire wait, worthwhile, I am so glad"

R.S. Mallari

About R.S. Mallari

Through poetry I am trying to break the barriers of ethnicity, cultures and even beliefs for we humans have the same emotions, the same desires and aspirations. We may differ in colors, in language, and food that we eat yet we are still living under the same sun, swimming and sailing on the same seas and sleeping under the same stars.

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Sam Liu
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13:46 delete

That is a truly moving piece, I really enjoyed reading this.

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nohaemile
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19:19 delete

This is sad.. My heart feels for you..
I hope 2010 will bring better news and good luck..

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Eileen
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A masterpiece, you have such a way with words.
(I also really love your blog layout, by the way!)
-Eileen

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01:01 delete

Thank you Sam, Noha I really appreciate that, So far this year has been good to me.

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10:13 delete

I'm glad that after all the hardships you never gave up.

You deserve every reward that is given to you now.You earned all the blessings.Happiness for you and your family,always.

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silviacuore
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Enjoy the wonderful moment and good luck ! My good greetings for your family !

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Tamarind~
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Dear friend. I have no words to write here. There’s something weighing inside.. there’s something freezing on the back of my head.. there’s something welling up in my eyes! These few lines told a lot to me!

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Anonymous
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last few days our group held a similar discussion about this subject and you show something we have not covered yet, thanks.

- Kris

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Through poetry we can inspire others, we can make someone smile and words can make others cry be it of joy or sadness.