Untitled (Maritess Javelona CSA-B, 2022)

@poetrybymich 💛

second in the series of poems from the creative writing workshop i conducted last May 6.

how do you express Mother’s love in words?

here is a Hiligaynon (Bisayan people inhabiting Panay and part of Negros, Philippines) poem that speaks so well of a mother’s love to her daughter 💛

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOMS!!!

Untitled (Maritess Javelona CSA-B, 2022)

Ginbugtawan kaagahon,       
Gintulugan kagab-ihon
Ginbatas ang kauhawon 
Ginpunggan ang kailihi-on

Di malamukan, ‘di malangawan
Ginpulawan, ginbantayan 
Mahamu-ok nga katulugon
Lapsag padakuon asta maglamharon

Oras nagkulang sa ulubrahon, nagbilbil ang tyan
Na sentro ang kabuhi sa kalingawan sang tanan
Kakapoy kag katuyo tanan  ang napahiran
Amo ini ang gugma nga indi matupungan

Translated

Eyes I forcibly open
Upon hearing her cries.
Getting used to darkness,
room structure etched in my mind. 

Hands grope for milk
Voice cracks to hum a lullaby.
Fragile infant in my arms
the decision I do not regret.

Not a mosquito nor a fly 
escapes my telescopic eyes
so as not to disturb my angel
from sleeping as she smiles.

I have only two hands for routines
But my mind stretches enough
to balance wok and home chores
My thoughts of her sees me through 

Layering of my figure, I do not mind  
For my dreams are centered only for her.
Hence, my weary body recharges
Seeing her smiles, hearing her cries.

What I have clearly unfolded
is the illustration of a mother’s love
True indeed is the line of the song 
and I quote “I will never forget my own.”

18 Comments

  1. love the image Mich !😊

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Cindy😊

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      1. You’re most welcome dear! 💖

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  2. murisopsis says:

    A mother’s joy revives her weary hands – all she needs is the smile of her child! You said it so eloquently!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, that is so true..💕❤thank you

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  3. Sadje says:

    So beautiful Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you❤💕

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re always welcome my friend

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  4. So beautiful! THE bestest “job” ever…being a Mom!
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, SweetMich!
    Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms on WP!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    🎉💗💐🎁🧁🌞

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Carolyn..and Happy Moms day to you..

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  5. Very beautiful 🥰

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you❤💕

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  6. Oh, mothers are simply wonderful people, able to strike a balance among love, chores, parenting and work. Happy mother’s day. 🌺💖

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much ❤💕

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      1. You’re most welcome, my friend ❤

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  7. mrswrangler says:

    A beautiful poem about Mother’s Day.

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    1. michnavs says:

      It is thank you so much..❤🙏

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      1. mrswrangler says:

        You’re welcome.

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