Write about a loss, part 4 (fin): “I miss you”

… so I mentioned wanting to talk about pan de coco and rented VHS tapes.  Looks like the words came to me, finally, in the form of poetry.

 

I miss you

I miss you —
it’s been more than ten years.
I thought that maybe,
now that I’ve grieved,
there’d be no more tears.

Year two thousand —
hope for the new millennium,
despair over Y2K
none of that mattered
’cause I felt empty, I wasn’t okay

Weekends —
you’d come over, driving Dad’s old car
with a bottle of coke, sweet coconut bread
fresh from the bakery, and a rented VHS tape

While driving —
you’d drop corny jokes about parody headlines going:
“Two bald guys fought over a comb!”
And for the next fifteen minutes, we’d be laughing

I miss you —
you were less of an uncle
and more of the big brother I never had
the big brother I never thought I’d need

I wish —
I can show you my drawings again
sing songs for you again
rescue stray cats and dogs
and nurse them back to health again

I wish —
you can meet your great-nephew
as I’m sure you’ll make him laugh and smile
the way you did for me, too.

Fourteen years now —
all I see is your picture
healthy, smiling, happy.
It matches the image in my mind
of how I’ll always remember you.

I remember you,
and I miss you.
Every day, I miss you.

———-

In memoriam Antonio Norberto “Toti” San Gil Maaliw

 

So this wraps up the “Write about a loss” series! Hooray for my completing a challenge from The Daily Post! \o/  Also, with this piece, I might just try doing spoken word (though more probably just audio — I can’t act to save my own life), but I’m afraid I’ll just end up sobbing in the middle of it.

Anyhow, until next time!

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About Cielo

I am a paper-pusher by day, a log by night, an aspiring singer-dancer and a wannabe artist in-between. I am also a Professional Space Cadet.
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