My daughter Estelle

This is for my daughter Estelle.

She is twenty while I am nine.

She helps me cross into her future, so I won’t be left behind.

In the galaxy of her dreams, I am but one of many stars.

But in my constellation, she is the star that matters.

I lend her oversized clothes with my memories tucked in its pockets.

She lends me time unhurried, for casual chats about life in the speed of light.

Her laughter is the currency of my soul.

My tears are her portals to reality.

And we serve each other like best friends should

And we love each other more than poets can say

This is for my daughter Estelle.

She is twenty and I am nine.









Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • tl david

    wow. lovely writing. : )
    hi tita. i love your blog.


  • girlie

    hey susan!

    i have been reading your column in the panorama mag since i found you – i mean, since i realized that you make a lot of sense. before, i just read anita meiley’s, sooorrry… it’s my loss i know.

    yesterday, i read you again that’s how i got here in your blog world.

    your writing is style is really cool, “brilliant”.

    now, with this i can check you every day wow!

    i guess i’m now your “big fan”.

    take care always and GOD BLESS.

  • girlie

    OOPS! next time i should be more careful with what i post here. see, i doubled my “is”! ughhh, sooory…

  • hey girlie! i’m glad you enjoy my writings. yes, please drop by anytime! it means a lot for me to know that you like the way I write. God bless.

  • estelle

    hi mom 🙂 this is cute. wee! hehe.

    kaya ba i am 20 and you are 9 dahil sa birthdays natin?? :p