Julia Santos is a finalist in the Housing Leadership Council’s 2021 Youth Poetry Competition (6-12 category).
Poem on Belonging
WHERE I’M FROM
I am from a two story pink house From a place where there’s no neighbors and the lots filled with grass I am from a house filled with joy and happiness And from a house full of adventures and challenges I am from my lolo and lola From where I learned to never hold grudges I am from a place where I learned to always forgive I am from a place that taught me to never be scared and never give up From where I learned na wag ka tumingin sa likod at baka ikaw ay matapilok. I am from a house that taught me to be always happy. I am from a place where A celebration to last throughout the years. From where I learned to always smile and laugh at those moments where you felt down. I am from a place where I learned to respect and love myself first From a place that taught me to always put yourself first I am from a house where I learned that You can’t love and respect someone if you can’t love and respect yourself I am from a Filipino house.
Copyright © 2022 by Julia Santos. Used with permission of the author.