This message is for the people
Who think they were forgotten
Because if I had ever been without them,
I would be stuck in a deep hole.
So to them, I thank with all my soul.
But first, I’ll be specific and obvious.
I’d like to thank my mother,
Who has always loved me like no other.
For teaching my sister and I lessons – various –
But all the while leading success to us.
The next is for my father.
I’m grateful for his patience
Though I’ve always been a nuisance.
For him, it wasn’t a real bother.
Because of him, I’ve grown stronger.
Now I thank my grandparents
In both the Philippines and here
Since they tell me live with no fear
And have always given me reassurance.
They taught me perseverance.
Finally I’d like to thank all those
Who’ve cared for me lovingly
And have loved me endlessly.
All I can do is offer you an imaginary rose
Though it’s not enough for teaching me all I know.