I was playing outside with my friends
when my mom called me over
She said, “I have an errand for you.
Listen to what I say, so come closer.”
She told me what she needed me to buy
and I repeated it in my mind then off I went to the store.
On my way I saw Gumamelas, so beautiful they are,
I counted them,” one, two, three and four.”
Then I saw Maya birds they move from tree to tree, chirping
with their black heads and lovely red feathers
They look so happy and free
there’s nothing like their beauty in this warm sunny weather.
Next I saw dragonflies, hovering like tiny helicopters
I also heard bees buzzing nearby, probably making honey.
I passed by some of my neighbor friends talking
I listened for a bit for the joke was truly funny.
At last I arrived at the sari-sari store
prepared to do what I was tasked.
The lady there stared at me as I scratched my head,
“What do you need?”, she asked
I kept thinking and I thought some more
but for the love of me, I could not remember anymore.
So I hung my head and headed back for home,
I’ll have to ask mom to write a list
I’m bound to forget the things she need
just like how I’ll forget this poem.
NOTE: Sari-Sari stores are convenient stores in the Philippines. It’s not a big establishment as it is mostly just one’s house with the front converted into a store where the items are displayed. Sari-sari means “variety” in Tagalog.