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An Awkward Moment in Time of Pandemic

Image of a woman wearing a mask in black background. Image from Pixabay.

An awkward moment
in time of pandemic

I glance at you from afar
As if it was not long ago
I did not notice much
Not until your tears flow
I remember the child like look
An innocent humble person I know

It was an awkward moment
I wish the light goes off
And I’ll disappear in the dark
Not knowing, what to do
My world, our world come
into a halt

I wish I had the courage then
And have the courage now
Looking back at this dreadful COVID-19
Its scary, its stressful

Everyone is in distress
Every corner of the world is scared
Lockdown even makes it worst
But it has been an agent for change
In some ways to me and to others too
It’s a bloody silver lining

There are a lot of things happened
In the past
Even today and I hope it will last
That’s given and inevitable
But we, we will overcome this
Like the awkward moment,
It will hit again, but let us not
be complacent

This time we are prepared
There is hope, there is change
We use this moment to bounce forward
We are released but we are not free
We will be stronger to face the challenges
We live with it, but we fight for it
This time, no awkward moment

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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