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I was born on a mat
Airyn R. Lentija

I was born on a mat
dried coconut leaves woven
by the hands of my ancestors;
the great heirs of the earth’s dust.

I am a farmer’s daughter
The walls of my dreams were burgled before I realized
I was dreaming…

I have the command over mountains
Over fields and fruit bearing trees.

I am the smoke that rises up
to shoo the pests on the flowers
My hands, they reflect the soil

From my first breath up to the present
The scent of solitude…of penitence.,
has never left the tip of my nose,
I'’ve worked like an animal;

Skipping meals for six dollars an hour,
Hiding my tears when I wanted to cry;
Tied my tongue when I wanted to speak,

I am like the shadow in the night
No one has spoken of my bitterness,
Nobody saw my pains.
I’ve been in hell once in a while-

Don’t talk to me about the worst
I am a daughter of poverty.

What hardships have I yet to taste?

(This poem was first used by Asian Human Rights Commission's E-publication,Human Rights and Culture)


faireh's picture

hi there!

This is really a beautifull poem..

<3 faireh

Airyn Lentija's picture

Hi Farieh :) thank you so

Hi Farieh :) thank you so much:)

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cheyennejm's picture

another great one

I love the combination of strength and fragility that you describe here. I have now written and posted a poem as well, because of your great vision! Feel free to check it out and keep writing please.

Airyn Lentija's picture

Thank you Cheyenne.I will

Thank you Cheyenne.I will check it out now.:)

Airyn Lentija-Sloan

aimeeknight's picture


Congratulations on your runners-up application, good work!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Airyn Lentija's picture

Thank you Aimee.Hugsss :) God

Thank you Aimee.Hugsss :)

God bless you.

Airyn Lentija-Sloan

Rita Banerji's picture


your poems are deep and compassionate! you have the soul of poet.

Rita Banerji

Airyn Lentija's picture

Thank you Rita.Your post is

Thank you Rita.Your post is so inspiring that ive written a poem about it.Please let me know your opinion.God bless you.


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