You Meant to Leave Us

A poem by Sisilia Eteuati

 

 

You meant
to leave us
with
nothing.
But
I see in
My son
your ears
that stick out
and
rabbit teeth
too big for his mouth.
I see in
My daughter
your almond shape eyes
your light hair.
Hers turns
golden
in the sun.
And I thank you
For taking with you
a shriveled useless heart
That could not even allow you to
truly
love yourself
and for
leaving behind
that
which was
most precious.

To celebrate National Poetry Day this Thursday 24th August 2018, we are publishing a poem a day every day this week. Submit your poetry to the editor by emailing nadine@wclc.org.nz