(11/07/1975 / Natonin, Mountain Province, Philippines)


Melvin Banggollay

When you were born in this world
Your parents behold endless joy;
Praying to God with gentle words
For you're their gift, a light to enjoy.

Their caring hands and loving smile
guided you as they sacrificed a mile
Of sleepless night and ocean of tears
to keep you out of danger's spears.

You are the joy of your mother's birth
A light that ended your father's flirt
and everyday they cared you patiently
with a love ready to serve you tenderly.

But now as you grow as a big man
you turned out to be not a gentleman
You tell them words that can't be eaten
by a dog scavenging in garbage den.

You even let them worried everyday
you're not going home so regularly
Until you learn to leave and stow away
With some naughty friends in the city.

They give you their wisdom everyday
to guide you to be a man of dignity
but you didn't mind and gone in your way
until you're in dope of drugs and criminality.

But now being alone in the cell of misery
For being jailed for your own stupidity
You beg them to bail you out of such malady
But they can't do no more having no money
as you sold and stolen all their property
for your vices of drugs and desire for lady
but still they forgive and love you endlessly
as you're their only gift from the Almighty.

Now you kneel for the first time in prayer
asking forgiveness from the Life's Giver
realizing your mistake for being a killer
as naughty kid of your mother and father
now crying with pains and sorrows forever
having lost a son loved with much prayer.

Dedicated to all naughty kids out there
which I was never been.

Submitted: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Edited: Thursday, September 08, 2011

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  • Palas Kumar Ray (2/23/2009 2:31:00 PM)

    Naughty yet a CHILD to be forgiven by HIM. Child has to realise the great mess
    they eventually make of their parent's sentiments.A lesson for all children to learn and share.
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  • Seema Chowdhury (3/23/2008 11:59:00 PM)

    excellent work! ! ! each word of it is true. i wish children realize who they were and what they become due to the endless and selfless hard work of their parents. May
    your words guide the unguided and show them the right path. take care
    seema (Report) Reply

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