(Young Hooker of Manila)
By Apolinario B Villalobos
A star sapphire glitters in the dark
just when your first cry tore the silence apart
and two faces smile with no word said
but a heartfelt thanks to the God above.
Into this world comes forth
another flower for their eyes and bundle of joy
who there lies for every body to behold
and now your story’s being told.
You’ve trodden enough
roads of stones and thorns so rough
for a woman but you are strong in heart
and full of hope that even the searing sun
could not wilt your will
melt your strength as you go on still
just like the fire
I find in your name.