Papa, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere? by Michelle Ayon-Navajas

My poem “Papa, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere?” is up now in MastecadoresUsa. Thank you so much Gabriela for publishing my piece..

MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

Photo by Valerie Jane De Lara/ Model: JawlinePebres

Papa, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere?

by Michelle Ayon-Navajas
site: https://michnavs.wordpress.com/

you taught me to be brave in the most unconventional way ever
not by fairy tales bedtime stories nor by Aesop’s fables after lunch
i remember you saying “be brave my little princess”
i wasn’t really sure what you meant when you told me the story of robbers who travel by sea, swashbuckling and daring
they were often evil and brutish
i began to hide underneath my pillow as
i anticipated you to unravel the next
scariest, mind-blowing, out of this world bloody fight scene, but to my surprise,
“fear not my little one”
then you continue to tell
most of them were ordinary people
who had been forced to rob to make ends meet
you see, the world is not an easy place to live
some are lucky, some…

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Doormat

Day 23 NaPoWriMo, Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy – with a lot of rhyme and soundplay. They also have a deceptive simplicity about them, like proverbs or aphorisms. Once you’ve read a few, you’ll see what I mean. Here’s her “Token Loss,” “Blue China Doorknob,” “Houdini,” and “Crustacean Island.”

Doormat

doormats are used
to dish dirt outside
trap dangerous germs
from entering the
actual main house
placed in a doorway,
on which we can wipe
our shoes on entering
any facility. what happens
when you allow others
to dominate you?
you are either a
living saint
or a doormat.

What Am I To You? by Michelle Navajas

My poem “What Am I To You?” is up now in MasticadoresUsa. Thank you to Gabriela for believing in my poems..I am and forever honored and grateful 💕🙏

MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

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What Am I To You?

by Michelle Navajas
side: https://michnavs.wordpress.com/

if stars were made
to light up the darkest of the night
flashing and flickering
shining and shimmering
as beacons of hope for
all the lost souls in heaven
all the star-crossed lovers on earth,

then, maybe it’s my time to ask
“baby, what am I to you?”

‘cos, you to me is the brightest star
among the scattered moon dust in the sky
and i love you, for shining the brightest always

if the moon was made
to appear in perfect harmony upon a magical
starry night, to uplift the spirits of
all whose hearts have been
broken and shattered,
defeated and beaten,

then, maybe it’s my time to ask
“baby, what am I to you?”

‘cos, you to me is the most perfect moonlight
with a comforting beauty, melting my heart
and, i love you for…

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Breathe by Michelle Navajas

My poem “Breathe” is up now in MastecadoresUsa. My gratitude to Gabrieala for this publication.

MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

Photo byPars SahinonUnsplash

Breathe

by Michelle Navajas
site: site: https://michnavs.wordpress.com/

i can’t breathe, i can’t cry, i can’t even sigh
when you pushed me hard, down the ground
and why? just why?
because i am different?
my color is different from yours?
since when did colors matter?
since when did you have the right to treat me like i’m not even half a human?

i can’t breathe, i can’t cry, i can’t even sigh
when you humiliated me in public
and why? just why?
because i am not like you?
my beliefs are different from yours?
since when did differences in beliefs matter?
since when did you have the right to ridicule me?

why the need to segregate
why the need to separate

different colors?
different races?
different beliefs?
different status?

@Michelle Navajas

Michelle Ayon Navajas

Michelle, authored five books “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars”…

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AFTER THE RAIN SKIES – 2ND EDITION BY MICHELLE AYON NAVAJAS (BOOK REVIEW BY WTWC)

I am humbled and grateful for this profound and well written review by Maria, a fellow kababayan (Filipina) poet who goes by the name “wethoughtwecannot” in all of her social media accounts. Hop in to her page to read the full review

we thought we cannot

AFTER THE RAIN SKIES – 2ND EDITION BY MICHELLE AYON NAVAJAS (BOOK REVIEW BY WTWC)

Disturbing facts from real victims of abuse in different forms, written in the guise of poetry and prose, shedding light that help is within reach. “After Rain Skies – 2nd Edition” is written by Ms. Michelle Navajas in collaboration with Perak Women for Women Society in Malaysia calling for a campaign against gender-based violence. It took me days before reaching the final pages of this book as it is indeed baffling and heartbreaking every page.

Disclaimer: This review contains some spoilers! Trigger warning includes abuse of all kinds. Reading discretion is advised.

Quoting from Ms. Mich herself, this book shows that perpetrators of abuse may not directly present themselves as such but hid in the faces of kind, smart, and successful persons. It is an unpleasant surprise when midway from pursuing lifetime happiness…

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Peace by Michelle Navajas

my poem “Peace” is now up at MasticadoresUsa

thank you so much to Gabriela, (editor) and to the MasticadoresUsa team for their continued support on my poetry. It is always an honor to be featured by them.

Gabriela is an amazon best – selling poet and 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords

MasticadoresUsa // Editora: Gabriela Marie Milton

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Peace

by Michelle Navajas
site: https://michnavs.wordpress.com/

and just when you thought solitude
is what you need to live and survive
what if, it’s but a mere illusion?

in fact,

there isn’t stillness in seclusion?
there isn’t freedom in liberation?
there isn’t hope in ambition?

‘cos, no matter what you do

the war is in your head
the rage is in your soul
the inferno is in your heart

and, peace is just

a product of your imagination
a manufactured information
a fabricated deception

go, fight

the demon in your head
the evil under your bed
the culprit that said

“you are not good enough and you will never be”

accept the challenge

spring up. climb.
rise up. grow.

prove them all wrong.

@Michelle Navajas

Michelle Ayon Navajas

Michelle, authored five books “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), Ipoh…

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After Rain Skies – Book Review

Empowered Women

This is a book I could not put away once I started reading it. Michelle Ayon Navajas collaborates with a social cause, and highlights unspoken pains of women with deftness in verbal expression.

Almost every pain has been discussed – victim-blaming, incest, marital rape, infidelity, being used as currency in bets, physical, mental and emotional abuse.

One of her characters realizes she is not to be blamed, only after joining a group of abuse victims. The stories are all of real women, who braved the torture and live to talk about it.

Here are some glimpses into the pages of the book “After Rain Skies”. I felt like a voyeur peeping into the secret chambers of a woman’s mind or her handbag.


you lost your voice
in the roaring thunder
of his growing ego
as you lost your consciousness
under his vicious hands.

You see, you can’t escape a storm…

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My Dearest Muse

poetrybymich💛💥Happy Valentines Day dear friends and poets.

My Dearest Muse

there are many things ’bout us that i will never forget,
no matter how i try, i won’t, i bet
just as there are many reasons why i love you
i love you for all the faith you have in me
for all the times you made me see
the things i can’t seem to believe in me
but there’s one thing i love the most ’bout you
you stayed by my side even when i was giving up on you,you never gave up on me, on our love
you never gave up on us

there are many things ’bout us that i will never forget,
no matter how i try, i won’t, i bet
just as there are over a hundred million love songs
and i won’t forget the ones i sing along with you
just as there are many love poems i love and i  wrote
but i love the most the ones i wrote with you
and i love you for all the times you made me write verses that made us smile,
verses that made us cry,
verses that made us giggle like children
verses that made it on the bestsellers collection

there are many things ’bout us that i will never forget,
no matter how i try, i won’t, i bet
just as there are many occasions i was wrong
and i won’t forget the many times you forgave me and just smiled
and i love you for all the  joys, the smiles you gave  me
for all the times you pushed me hard, so hard
because you believe in me, more than i believe in myself,
you showed me the most loving,
the most caring, the most daring
version of me i never thought i had

there are many things ’bout us that i will never forget,
no matter how i try, i won’t, i bet
just as there are many reasons i love you
but i love you the most because you never gave up on me even when, at times, i was so rough on you,  you could have walked away,
packed your things and left, just left,
but you stayed, you stayed
even if there seemed no more
reasons to stay

you never gave up on me, that
i will never forget, no matter how i try,
i won’t, i bet

P.S.

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Everything Will Be Fine

Everything Will Be Fine

even though its hard to do
i confront my fears
with faith in my heart
with fire in my soul

i possess the courage
i have the strength
to bring another life
healthy in this world

i am strong and healthy
i trust in the wisdom
of my body to be
a safe place

i can do all the impossible
I’ve survived all the worst
i am strong
i will be fine

just breathe.

For Eugi’s https://amanpan.com/eugis-weekly-prompt-affirmations-january-18-2022/

P.S.

As I continue to explore writing issues and topics that are mostly taboo; like “miscarriage” I opted to write an affirmation poem for mothers who have silently lost thier babies during the course of pregnancy.

Positive affirmation will hopefully help them heal.

Miscarriage is a traumatic event which affects every woman differently, but can lead to grief, anxiety, depression, and even symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Some women chose to speak up and share. Some opted to keep silent and continue with their lives. And it might surprise us, but some have actually become a highly functional empowered woman. And some believed (even the mother herself) that she moved on with the trauma. Little do we know that they are actually the ones agonizing the most. When the lights, the glamour, the demands of work are over their world will fall apart. And the cycle just continues for them.