I was scrolling through my FB Newsfeed when I stumbled upon this poem made by a fellow mom. It really hit home, as with the many frustrations, challenges, and back-to-back-to-back errands and endless chores that wear out our minds and bodies day in and day out.
I also love that it is mostly written in the vernacular, and that although it tugs the heartstrings, it remains to be a light read.
The poem is entitled “How to Be You Po?” written by Mommy Aizh, who said that she wrote the poem and finished writing it within 15 minutes. She explains she wrote it during the time her husband had to leave really early for work and despite running a fever and nursing a cold, she had to get off her feet to prepare her little kids for school, and ferry them both.
Apart from her own experiences, she also took inspiration from her Mother who single-handedly raised her and her three other siblings, as their dad worked overseas. She also thought of her best friend who is also caring for her four children, all under the age of six.
Here’s her poem:
How To Be You Po?
By Aizh Geron Celis
Mga nanay na simula’t sapul ay primerang tagapangalaga ng kanilang mga anak na walang kasambahay kundi sya at asawa nya lang,
How to be you po?
Mga nanay na kahit madaling araw na natutulog matapos lang ang paghuhugas ng pinagkainan ng hapunan at mga bote ni bunso, how to be you po?
Mga nanay na hihiga na sa wakas bandang alas dos ng umaga ngunit babangon din sa pag-ingit ni Nene at makakabalik sa pagtulog pagkatapos ng tatlong oras, how to be you po?
Mga ilaw ng tahanan na sa araw-araw ay sinisiguradong nakaligo, nakabihis ng maayos at mabango ang kanilang mga anak kahit makalimutan na ang sarili, how to be you po?
Sa mga nanay na ipinagpalit ang mga pansariling lakad kasama ang dating barkada para makipaglaro kay bunso ng taguan, how to be you po?
Sa mga nanay na may sakit, inuubo at nilalagnat ngunit babangon pa rin ng alas singko ng umaga para ipaghanda ng baon sa eskwela at mainit na tubig pampaligo si kuya, how to be you po?
Sa mga nanay na asawa rin ng kanilang kabiyak at kasabay ng pagaalaga sa kanilang mga anak ay kailangan ding plantsado ang uniporme nito bago pumasok sa trabaho, how to be you po?
Sa mga nanay na dating postura noong dalaga pa sila ngunit ipinagpalit ang magarang damit at pampaganda sa pambili ng mga gamit ni bebe kahit wala ng matira para sa kanya, how to be you po?
Sa mga nanay na walang damot na inuuna ang kanilang mga anak at asawa kahit walang sapat na pagkilala sa kanilang mga gawa, kahit walang timpalak na magpupugay sa kanilang dakilang sakripisyo, kahit walang sweldo, how to be you po?
Sana maging i’m like you po.
Thank you Mommy Aizh, for allowing Happypinaymommy.com to publish your poem.
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