The 25th Crossroad

Poem By April Dan Chi Ho

Some thoughts on my 25th birthday. I also want to say thanks with all my love to the people in the text below (you know who you are from the text) . I was thinking about you in every word written here.

Today I walk on the city streets,
Listening to the noises passing by,
Watching strangers fading away.
Things change every step I take,
I flash back every time I make a turn.

I see me sitting on granddad’s shoulders
Yelling and crying for ice-cream.
I see me hiding behind mom
Starting at things on my first day at school.
I see daddy on his trashy bike
Smiling and heading to his night-shift.
I see grandma sitting at the table
Waiting for me back home after school.
I see uncle tutoring me every night
Showing me how to spell in English.
I see sisters and cousins at the corner
Laughing and running around with joys.
I see my teacher sitting with me at the stair
Cheering and guiding me new ways to move on.
Just few blinks, I see the transformation of 24 years

Here I am, at the crossroad on a rainy day.
It’s raining in the mind, in the heart and in the soul.
It’s hard to choose a direction to cross
When the streets seem to be full of reflections.

AprilDC – April 2008 – HCM City

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