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A Birthday Poem for Ligaya

With joy you work,
With joy you talk,
Your joy puts others at ease,
Time with you they wouldn't miss.

I see your joy, when from Germany you come,
laying down your presents for me, one by one,
clothes, cosmetics, chocolates and cheese.
your choices always right, how come?

I sense your joy, when in turn, you see
my gifts of pink pearls custom-made for me,
'though they're used, your eyes shine brightly,
with Philippine-made bags, you receive them with glee.

You are joy
as Joy you are named
with kin and friend
your joy is shared.

You are in this lifetime as my sister born,
through ups and downs we've come,
verbal fights and silent wars long gone,
freely fond feelings fanned.

Your joys are my joys,
My joys are your joys,
May they flow endlessly
as we grow spiritually.

Happy birthday with all best wishes!


(For my sister, Ligaya (Joy), on her birthday-13 June/10: 40 P.M. 12 June 2007/Pasig City, Philippines)

Submitted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Edited: Thursday, March 10, 2011


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  • Sandra Fowler (6/14/2007 2:56:00 PM)

    A lovely tribute to her sister from a talented poetess. I am sure that Joy will cherish this gift above all of the others. Words ae imperishable..

    Warmest regards,

    Sandra

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