Breath & Shadow
Fall 2022 - Vol. 19, Issue 4
"Created and Permitted"
Ana Mae Dusaran
Young years taught them the journey of colors
That brought the faces of blues, blacks, yellows, and oranges
In seasons of winter, summer, fall, spring cries and laughs
They were tossed by tempest storms and bright sunshine.
Hard ways were a routine of their calloused hands
Thin figures, hungry minds, and poverty abound
Bullied by others, fainted on the ground of despair
Why do things happen? Who made a hand?
Their families went somewhere to work
They transferred schools, places, and houses, met new friends
Still, storms beset them, but they stood sturdy against the odds
Attacked by wars, famines, illnesses, and debts.
The green meadows bloomed with flowers and robins
Mountains, valleys, hills covered with grasses
Feathery clouds delighted their hearts and souls
A breeze visited the village and gave drink to thirsty minds.
The hardships, at last, harvested level of diplomas
They were bridges to dreams, rainbows after the storms
The dried lands once filled, now, greenery occupied
God, The Almighty, created and permitted all deeds.
Ana Mae Badayos Dusaran is currently a public secondary school English teacher at Barotac Viejo National High School, teaching Grades 8 and 10. She enjoys writing poems, playing the keyboard, and reading books. As a Regional Coordinator for Aloysian Publication-The Educators Link, one of her country's international educational magazines, she encounters some opportunities for speakerships, technical assistantships, and meeting new people.