A man reflecting in front of a lake. Image from Pixabay.

“Thank You, While I Remember”

A man reflecting in front of a lake. Image from Pixabay.

I remember the days when I was young
I was a strong sporty lad in the club
Fulfilled my dreams and aspirations in life
Together with my loving beautiful wife
Time has passed like a ticking clock
My mind is trapped wanting to unblock
I know it’s just near hiding somewhere
It’s hard to find but I”ll never surrender

My friends, I see shadows in the dark
These shadows, I haven’t seen in the past
I’m not saying that I totally forget you
Also the daily routine that I always do
I know they are there, I can feel, I can touch, I can see a soft glowing light
I can hear someone calling my name
It’s time to sleep and say goodnight

If I looked around and focused at you
I felt I want to go away from you
Sometimes I yell and don’t want to see you
Because it doesn’t register to my mind what you’re gonna do
It’s like water flowing by the river of Waikato
Taking me to a place that I don’t want to go
Just show me the way to go home and I will go

I can see the vintage clock hands running by the wall
I want to stand and hold picture frames but I can’t because I often fall
But what I can tell, here come the blue uniformed people
To assist me on my daily needs,
to remain clean and peaceful
With a blink of an eye I know you were there
Attending to me since I came here
Your angelic face shines everytime you talk
But I don’t know why? I forgot your name as we walk

Where am I, I asked and you said I’m home
Where is my baby, pussy posh posh
and boom boom

I am Celso Roger B. Baldo. A proud son of Igorot parents with a bloodline from the Ilocos region. I am blessed with two gentle sons and a loving beautiful wife.

In the Philippines, after a short stint at the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), I worked at Department of Agriculture-CECAP as a Forester in the Philippines assigned in the different hinter lands of the Cordillera Region.

I went to work in Australia as a beekeeper. I shifted to New Zealand with my family searching for a better opportunity. I then worked here as a beekeeper but now I am a full time carer working in an age care facility while looking after our own hives with my family. It is in this occasion that paved my love of writing again after ages of dormancy.

I firmly believe that life is a journey and education is continuous with technology advancement without compromising the environment. I write poems related to nature, health and well being, life experiences, short haikus and share it to support and hopefully inspire others.

I acquired my Bachelors degree in Forestry in Benguet State University in the Philippines. As my parents are poor enough to send me to college, I acquired scholarship through sports and
being a Supreme Student Council member in my higher collegiate years aside from being a sponsored child by then Word Vision/VSRDI.

I also gained qualification on Level 3, General Knowledge on Beekeeping at Telford Southern Institute of Technology, now a division of Lincoln University. I also have a Level 3 Certificate of Health and Well being by Careerforce. Both institutions are located here in New Zealand.

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