MY DEAR CHILD
My dear, stop for a while and think Look around you, and don’t ever blink Do you see now with your own eyes? Do you hear it now, with your own ears?
Come, my child, carefully listen To the howl of ways long forgotten Close your eyes, listen with your heart That is my voice being torn apart
Years ago, I once had been saved From the intruders, I’m once a slave Years after, I’m again a slave
From my own people I can’t be saved
With my last breath near on the line My dear child, wake up, wake up, its time Look around you and wisely per-pend
“What have you done to your motherland?”
TO LOVE, PROTECT AND UPHOLD
I look away and cast my eyes down.
I cover my ears and pretend there’s no sound.
I swallow my conviction and stay silent.
I cower in fear and weep in abhorrence.
Forgive me mother for I have sinned. I have violated you, flesh and skin. I plead guilty without a doubt. From my actions and words I am indeed a coward.
Thus, I ask for your forgiveness though I am not worthy.
I ask for your guidance for me and for this country.
I vow now to wake up, make a stand and never forget.
I vow now to see, hear and speak than to regret.
Henceforth, I kneel in front of you and renounce my oath.
To love, protect and up hold.
Until my last breath, until I am again worthy of you.
I will seek to restore this country anew.
An Advocacy of FIN131 Young Pepe