Like You


dressed alike

double takes

"Are you two twins?"


My little shadow 

almost as old as I am

you look up to me

but you have no idea how much

I look up to you.


Your sweet voice relaxes me

explaining my homesickness is natural.

You hang up

and waves of sadness overcome me again.


I take an hour to reflect

on random memories of you.

My door opening and light taps on my back

"Are you awake, Ate?"

Ate. A simple Tagalog word that means so much.


Ate. Noun.

Meaning older sister, cousin.

Used out of respect.

So many attachments to a single word.

It means unconditional love, happiness.


You are my happiness.



This poem is about: 
My family


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