Treasure Island

Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan

(Pilipinas / a.k.a. Jetfellow Marchanism)

.Sail On..........Young Overseas Workers

@ Dubai - our stop over

like a ship
docking momentarily
in the oil-rich wharf

like an empty vessel
cast-off from the island - lost sea
smashed by the economic - recession tide

we're here reloading
refueling before heading back
towards our hometown sovereign shore

years of labor, backing up with
undying patience against
undeniable discrimination
culture shock, mental torture
emotional stress
nostalgic feelings

however, the dignity of our well- motivated skills
as Filipino workers
anchored in the mind of the foreign lords
the visa endower for our indispensable courage

we're voyagers
in a turbulent seas
colliding even among colleagues
as we propell against the ill-fated
windows of opportunity

and each day
countless ships arriving queuing
here in a wharf of uncertainties

from a countless emptied vessels
ready to depart from our desperate homeland
and bound to the desert shore
as acclaimed by many -
the land of proliferating prosperity

but unknown by them; by their longing kins
some vessels here are unretrievable
sunk yet in the gulf of misfortune

though few could return back at home -
if not veiled with debts;
sealed in the steel coffin of heroism

and for '' the unsinkable OFW''
Sail on..... Sail on............
for our country's economic upliftment
for our love one's unshuttered dreams

von voyage

written at Greece, International City, UAE
06 November 2010

Submitted: Monday, October 31, 2011
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