The Pandemic

It’s been a year and a half
Of a topsy turvy life.
Wishing for a miracle
And blessings that others would sprinkle
Some take it as a gamble
Praying that they would not stumble
Hoping for a smooth journey
To provide well for their family
Some gained weight and others lose
Some are in misery while others rejoice
A few wonder about what life really is
Children are clueless about the world that they miss
Most of us dream of an end to all of these
And return to the days of fun and bliss
While we are not there yet
Let’s hold on to our faith
Be good to everyone
Play fair in the best way you can
Life is uncertain
No one knows our final curtain
Always be a good person
With love and smile memories to leave on

Tagalog Version

Ang Pandemya

Isa’t kalahating taon
Ng paurong-sulong
Umaasa sa himala
Ang iba’y sa pagpapala
May mga sumusugal
Tanging baon ay dasal
Sa pakikipagsapalaran
Upang pamilya’y matustusan
May nanaba, may namayat
May namighati, may nagalak
May nagkabati, may naghiwalay
May napapaisip sa buhay kung ano ang saysay
Mga sanggol kailan lang
Natigil ang mundo sa tahanan
Kinalakhan ang bagong normal
Napakaraming ibinabawal
May nangangarap ng katapusan
Ng pandemya’t karamdaman
Umaasang makakabalik
Sa mga panahong sa pasyal ay hitik
Habang tayo’y wala pa doon
Kumapit lang sa Panginoon
Maging mabuti sa kapwa
Wag magsamantala’t mangawawa
Dahil buhay nati’y walang katiyakan
Sabi nga’y una-una lang
Maging mabuting tao lagi
Mag-iwan ng pagmamahal at ngiti

If I Would Live My Life Again


If I would live my life over again, I would still choose to be the same me, a better me.

I would still walk the same pathway but with confidence and caution.

I would still meet the same friends; good friends or bad friends.

I would spend more time with my good friends to create more memories.

And would be understanding to those friends who turned their back on me.

If I would live my life over again, I would still choose my imperfect life.

I would still love the same people but I would have reserved more love for myself.

I would still choose the same parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

But I would be a better daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece.

If I would live my life again, my first, second and third love would be the same.

I would never change the circumstances of each affair because if I would live my life

again, I want to have my present kids as my kids for my second life.


The Life of a Giver

A giver takes delight in giving

Because giving is like her second life

A giver will give her all even when left with nothing

Because giving is her mission

A giver not only gives but also listens

Because listening is giving

A giver is prone to depression

When she hits the rock bottom

A giver needs a floater to survive

Because we are human, too

We want to be given affection

When nothing is left of what we gave away

A giver’s case is misleading

Because people are used to receiving

A giver needs assurance, too

When there are tough times to conquer


From Friendship Game to Love Game

Written for a fictional character in June 6, 1996.

I used to play the game of friendship

I don’t want commitment and relationship

I considered love as something wicked

For the many hearts it deceived


Years have passed so easy

I became the source of pain for somebody

I did not consider his wounded heart

He who was true from the start


About last year, another player came

And so I thought, he could be another game

But he was quite different from the rest

His unique qualities made him the best


I pined and dreamed for his company

A no-strings attached relationship, actually

I can’t afford to lose this game

But I had no idea he was thinking of the same


Everything went on smoothly

Except that I’m falling in love with him terribly

Oh, why can’t I live without him now?

I can’t tell myself why or how


So I decided to call it quits

I don’t see myself as somebody sweet

He is melting my whole self bit by bit

It’s time for love to take a back seat

Before I could speak anything

He kissed my lips in total passion

Perhaps he sensed what I was thinking

My heart-of-stone is melting in this romantic union


Yes, I used to play the game of friendship

But ours is now an everlasting relationship

His love made my heart open and tame

We are now on the same level of playing the love game