I am from bored out bamboo,
from tinikling and hand-made entities.
I am from the bahay kubo
A small shelter, but a hunbling source of protection for many.
I am from Manila and Olongapo
A great archipelago, the home of my people
My ancestors, proud yet still so vulnerable
I am from large families of large hearts
who are scattered out all across the earth
all on separate paths,
but bounded by love.
I am from a native tongue that I have not yet mastered,
from Lolo Pedro and Lola Felecicima.
I am from solidified faith and self-denial
failure and success.
I am from inspirational figures
Finish the race you started!
Run with determination!
I am giving my all but my all is never enough.
I am from non-denominational christianity.
I am from creation and prophecy-
I am from ancient memories that I have yet to find.
Always wondering, thinking...
thinking that too much thinking is not worth the thought
so why bother at all?
I am from barriers
built over time to preserve the haven placed over my heart
so that nothing can harm it.
I am from a once trouble, self-harming soul
that has matured to recognize blessings
I see a future that I will define-
an evolution far different than generations before it
I am from gratitude,
for the ground beneath me is solid & fertile-
a great foundation to build my roots.