Poems

Ever since I was a kid I loved rhyming. I would play a game where we had to express ourselves solely through rhymes. The one who got stuck would lose.

As I got older I started to enjoy describing concepts and words through, as I called it back then, more elaborate emotion. It wasn’t until my exam class in high school that I learned what metaphors were.
I kept a little journal full of love poems dedicated to those I admired (not so) silently, or poems of friendship for my friends.
I kept those journals and when they started turning yellow I typed the ones I liked. I was often encouraged to publish them by the people who read some of these poems.
It is said that the older you get the more life experience you have, which helps us grow and ripen emotionally. My experience is that my inspiration has gone through the same process. I appreciated the positive feedback about my early poetry but it wasn’t until 2002 that I was ready to publish my work. I currently have two poetry bundles published, and a third one on its way.

Curashi

In 2002 I published my first poetry bundle titled 'Curashi" which means “Courage" in Papiamento. Illustrations in this bundle were done by two of my daughters and are associations they got by reading the poems. 

An excerpt from 'Nostalgia infantil' or 'Youthful Nostalgia', a poem I wrote in memory of my mom after her passing:

 

Ki dushi tabata

Habri wowo mainta

prome cu salid'i solo

topa...

e cara di soño

e yapon machica

e cabei plama

 

How lovely it was

Waking up in the morning

before sunrise

to see...

that sleepy face

that wrinkled nightgown

that messy head of hair

Sin Wak Patras

After Curashi I published Sin Wak Patras (No Looking Back). In this bundle, poems reflect turbulent times in my life. I channeled these periods, got them out of my system and moved on without looking back.