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Dear Little Girl Whom I Used to Be

"Graduation Day" - Alabang, March 1993
“Graduation Day” – Alabang, March 1993

dear

sixteen-year-old

me:

this is

where –

this is

when

your life –

our life –

gets complicated.

 

you got

wait-listed

by the

school

you wanted;

no biggie,

little girl,

there’s always

something better.

 

you’ll rule

the roost,

you’ll seize

the day;

you’ll make

friends

enemies

allies

nemeses

in the next

four years;

you’ll rise

you’ll shine

you’ll stand out

you’ll stand strong.

 

dear

sixteen-year-old

me:

a wee

caveat –

it will not

it will never

be easy:

a shrink

will nearly

break you;

love will

nearly

end you;

grandma will

be gone

not long

after

schooldays’ end;

you will weep

you will wander

but it’s

all good –

you’ll fall

you’ll rise

you’ll dream

you’ll write.

 

you’ll make a

foe

lose a

friend;

give someone

up

for lost

but he’ll

find you

again;

you’ll give

up

the tuneless

for a

living

melody…

and it’s

all good.

 

dear

sixteen-year-old

me:

this is where

our tale

begins;

the story of you

the making of me.

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Author:

Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended earlier this year. These days, she works for a corporate governance advocacy in Makati. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel.

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