R.S. Mallari

A Mother's Letter to her Child

Charles Angrand, Mother and Child

I am weak yet happy and content
with you my child I feel so safe
but embarrassed to say the least
for I see how much you care
trying to make me be at peace

my child I am old, respite I seek
forgive me for being a burden
how I wish I could still do the laundry
but my knees are betraying me
if I could just stand and wash the dishes
and prepare coffee after the dinner
that is, if I could just remember the pantry

every time I see you going to work
I always want to get up from this bed
a sweet chocolate cake I would bake
but I couldn’t even reach for the toilet
my child, I want to show you I still care
that for me you are still the baby I caressed
but even words cannot slip from my lips

every morning is a blessing for me
another day of seeing you my beloved
do not bother with the tears in my eyes
I cried not because of any discomfort
I always cry whenever I reminisce the past
when I cuddle and poke your blushing nose
those moments in my heart I shall keep
until time and age, claim of what is left of me

my child you are my greatest triumph
the reason I can sleep soundly at night
you are my precious gift to the world
the angel I have carried in my wound
the only one that can prove my existence

My end is near and certain, I do not fear
For I know in you, I will forever live and be remembered

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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