Papa, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere? by Michelle Ayon-Navajas

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Papa, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere?

by Michelle Ayon-Navajas
site: https://michnavs.wordpress.com/

you taught me to be brave in the most unconventional way ever
not by fairy tales bedtime stories nor by Aesop’s fables after lunch
i remember you saying “be brave my little princess”
i wasn’t really sure what you meant when you told me the story of robbers who travel by sea, swashbuckling and daring
they were often evil and brutish
i began to hide underneath my pillow as
i anticipated you to unravel the next
scariest, mind-blowing, out of this world bloody fight scene, but to my surprise,
 “fear not my little one”
then you continue to tell
most of them were ordinary people
who had been forced to rob to make ends meet
you see, the world is not an easy place to live
some are lucky, some are not
then you ended by saying
«be brave like a pirate, just forget the part to which he robs to eat; it is never accepted”
then we would laugh and laugh until
tears fall down,
“be brave my little princess like a pirate
in the sea at night, be brave…”
ahhh, that was a long time ago
how long has it been? so long i believe
Papa, if you can hear me, let me tell you this
i grew up to be brave like a pirate
braver even in the presence of fear
so Papa tell me are you happy somewhere?
your little princess has turned out to be
the bravest, most compassionate queen
you’ve always wanted her to be.

Papa tell me are you happy somewhere?

@Michelle Ayon-Navajas

Michelle, authored five books “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), Ipoh, Perak Malaysia during their One Million Stars To End Violence campaign,  “What If Snowflakes Don’t Fall In Winter”, “Oh, Dear One!”, “I Would Fly To Where You Are”, and her Amazon best-selling poetry book “ I Will Love You Forever, Too”

Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, (University of San Agustin, Iloilo City). Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. She is also a graduate of Mass Communications major in Journalism (Centro Escolar University, Manila).

She is published author at Spillwords NYC, where her poems “What If Snowflakes Don’t Fall in Winter?”, “Kiss”, and “Love Dance” were all nominated as publication/post of the month for July 2020, August 2020 and May 2021 respectively. Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an  International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS In June 2021. Some of her poems were also published in other international literary magazines and journals.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

26 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. michnavs dice:

    Thank you so much Gabriela for believing and publishing my works..

    P.S.

    I think Mr. Computer messed up my family name 🙈 it should be Ayon -Navajas..

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    1. My pleasure hon. I will take care of that.

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  2. michnavs dice:

    Thank you so so much Gabriela..❤

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    1. It should be done. And please check my blog. The anthology is out.
      xoxo

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      1. michnavs dice:

        Oh yeah..i am so thrilled to know its out and i number 4 in amazon..❤❤❤

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  3. michnavs dice:

    Reblogueó esto en michnavsy comentado:
    My poem «Dad, Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere?» is up now in MastecadoresUsa. Thank you so much Gabriela for publishing my piece..

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  4. Sadje dice:

    Such a beautiful and loving tribute to you papa, Mich

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    1. michnavs dice:

      Thank you so much Sadje..❤

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      1. Sadje dice:

        My pleasure, always

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  5. Such a gorgeous tribute, Mich ❤

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    1. michnavs dice:

      Thank you so much for reading..

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  6. A very touching and uplifting poem, Mich. ❤ We owe our parents a lot!

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    1. michnavs dice:

      I agree Cheryl…thank you so much..

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  7. jonicaggiano dice:

    Mich this is so touching, filled with loving stories of your love for your father and his for you. Just really beautiful and a lovely tribute as well. I am sure he is very proud of his beautiful daughter who became a very successful and beautiful woman. Blessings my friend, love Joni

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    1. michnavs dice:

      Thank you Joni..this is the least i can do for my papa who raised me with so much love..

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        It is stunningly beautiful. I will be looking for your face this morning. Big hugs and love. 🦋❤️🌹🎉🎊🙏

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      2. michnavs dice:

        Thank you so much Joni..i am so happy to see you at the book launch..

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      3. jonicaggiano dice:

        It was such a treat seeing so many poets I care about and love to read at the party. ❤️🦋🌹

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  8. 13rrance dice:

    It is the most satisfying read I had in a while. It let me smile all the way with each words. Lovely, thank you!

    Famous Pirate!

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    1. michnavs dice:

      Yay, you made me smile😊😊 thank you so much..

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  9. What a touching poem! I really liked it.

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  10. Such Heartfelt and beautiful tribute Mich! 💕

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    1. michnavs dice:

      Thank you so much Cindy..

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      1. You’re so welcome Mich!! 💕

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  11. Wonderful poem, Mich! I enjoyed hearing you read it! 🙂

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