Category Archives: poetry

Salary

By Rosita Madrid Sanchez

 

Salary

I have been counting days since day one

I thinking, what should I buy?

Nice clothes, shoes, what else?

I’m so excited…

 

Time flies, the end of the months arrives

The day I am waiting for, has come.

Where is the list?

I didn’t put new shoes and clothes…

 

What can I do? My family is way back home…

Waiting for this money to help them and support their study

OK then… nothing for me this months

Maybe next month or next time…

 

My hard earned money…. all fly away in the wind

with only a penny left in MY hand

Bye salary see you next month.

But at least they are happy….

 

 

Disco

By Rosita Madrid Sanchez

DISCO
The lights are on
The music is loud
Every one screaming
Shouting it out

Too dark to see
Smoke in my eyes
What is that smell?
Perfume or ghee?

I walking inside
Everyone is smiling
Singing and dancing
A happiness you never see

The music plays (despacito)
I find myself at the middle too
Laughing screaming as in shouting too

The time runs so fast
My day gone so quick
Change back my clothes
From dress to pants
Remove my heels and put my slipper one

Looking at he mirror
Smiling telling to myself
See you again the place where I belong

Tears In My Eyes

By Rosita Sanchez

 

Tears In My Eyes

It started one day

When I fell in love with you

My days were filled with laughter and happiness

I was content and I felt complete

 

My life has changed because of you.

I am not the same girl as before.

My days, my time, changing so fast.

Even the sun and the moon are competing with each other.

 

But what happened one day?

Where are you? Why can’t I see you?

Is there something wrong my love?

Please tell me, I’m dying to be with you.

 

Days, months and even years have passed us by.

I feel a deep sadness and my tears keep flowing.

Have you forgotten me? Have you left me?

 

You just walk away like the wind.

What I feel will never be seen.

 

A gift from you makes me feel strong.

A life with you makes my life continue on.

It feels like yesterday that we were together.

 

I thank God for the son that we have.

I trust Him and surrender my questions because right now I am happy with our son.

 

Tears keep falling from my eyes, that one day you will wipe them off and make them dry.

Now the time has come and this little voice says to me, “Mama, stop crying, I’m here, I love you.”

This sweet voice makes my heart calm.

 

Where ever you are, where ever you go,

Thank you for the day that made me feel a woman. It made my dreams come true to be a mother and to have a son with the man I love so much.

 

I have these tears in my eyes but now the tears are flowing because of the happiness that our son gives me.

Who am I?

The writer of this poem, Anna Rose, stayed in HOME shelter for some time after a bad experience with an employer that left her very upset. Anna Rose struggled with her identity, and what to do with her life going forward. She has now returned home to the Philippines. 

 

Who am I?

 

I am a child

Who will never stop believing

I am the dreamer

Who will never stop dreaming

I am the woman

Who will never stop caring

 

They see the finished adult

That they expect me to be

But I don’t know

Who I want to be?

 

So many pressures, do this

Don’t do that

Wear this, don’t wear that

Buy this, don’t buy that

 

Who to believe? Who to trust?

To help me be the person I want to be

Still not sure who that is

Who am I and what will I be?

 

Two different questions

But people expect one answer

 

Which career will I choose?

But really is that the most important?

What about good or bad,

Lazy or hardworking

It depends on the task if I like it or not

 

So the question is not, who am I?

But who will I become?

Who cares?

Who cares if we are a helper
Who cares if we have a bad employer
Who cares if we have a problem
Who cares if we can’t dance with the rhythm
Can you feel us?
 Who cares
When we’re being maltreated inside the house
When we’re being abused and scared like a mouse
When we’re being locked up and no one to turn to
When we don’t have enough food yet too much work to do.
Can you see us?
 We’re not perfect but we are doing our best
We always  wanted to satisfy your needs
We’re working hard to accomplish the tasks on your list
We follow everything as you say so
But you are not content with everything we do
Why must you say we’re stupid
Why must you say we’re a lazy and idiot maid.
 Who cares?
Who washes your dirty clothes
Who does the cleaning of your house
Who cooks your everyday meal
Who does the marketing and budgeting
Who washes your cars
Who looks after your kids or your sick parents
No other than this idiot maid you are referring to
And who cares?
You’re a manager and I am a maid
But we still both earn money
You eat pizza, I eat noodles
But we still both eat to our satisfaction
You drive your car, I ride a bus
But we still both reach our destination
You wear branded clothes, I wear simple one
But we still both cover our nakedness
We’re both human but don’t have the same way of living
You were treated highly
We were treated lowly
We’re both human but are treated differently.
And who cares?
Can you feel us? Please hear us
Don’t treat us like a prisoners
Don’t treat us like a robot
Don’t treat us as if you own us
Yes you pay, but we work so hard
You pay for the service
but you don’t own our life.
We respect you
Hoping you will respect us too.
By Rea Maac

Happiness where are you?

Happiness where are you?

by Rosita Madrid Sanchez

 

At the age of 16 I am already a mother

People said I was too young to handle

I didn’t experience teenage life

To be free as a bird and to be as me.

 

Poverty has led me in this situation, one of the reasons I can blame on

I thought at an early age, getting married to the older man would show me direction

But I was wrong, its all my fault, I’ve been used and abused.

 

I have decided to work as a domestic helper

To the place far away from my nightmare

Leaving behind my kids in the care of my mother

It felt like I was dying a million times when I stepped in an airplane

Tears flowing, running nose dripping

Heaven showered me with thunderstorms and lightning.

 

Days, months, even a year moved

Time flew so fast like running

Now my contract is ending

What should I do? I kept thinking.

 

In the foreign land, I felt love, I felt that I am important and great

I had the freedom that I kept looking for

To gain myself and to be the real me.

 

Even if I have all of this, why do I still feel incomplete?

Some parts of my body are missing

All I want is to be happy

Why happiness is so hard to get?

Now I need to wake up to reality.

 

To face my family, to see my own kids

The life that I keep hiding on

Am I scared? I’m scared of my shadow that doesn’t want to leave

All I need is to be happy to find the real me.

Hear me

HEAR ME

 

What lies beneath is unknown.

Nobody can see you, you are on your own.

Worries and fear will surface without realizing it,

No matter how you pretend that you are not beat

 

Life is hard for some of us here.

Difficulties to others, abuse that is severe.

Forbidden to communicate with the people we love

I feel like a prisoner, photos are all I have.

 

I start before sunrise, end before midnight

Long hours of work, it does not seems right.

There are times that I wake up in my sleep in pain

Leg cramps that are unbearable are acting up again.

 

The food they give is not enough for me.

Leftover in a week, they give for free

But if there is nothing, I need to sit and wait

For them to finish dinner, I can have something on my plate.

 

I tried to reach out to others to let them know,

But their blank stares tell me, just go with the flow.

They listen with their eyes, not with their ears

Words they tell me, they bring me to tears

 

Life is hard for some of us here

Difficulties to others, some live in fear

We need a heart that listens and empathises

To feel our woes and hear our cries.

 

 

By Bhing Navato