When I Was Called A Child

 

When I was called a child

I had certain parts of the person I am now

 

On sunny afternoons when school was out

I would lie on the couch underneath the window

 

Look out

and imagine all that I could do

 

Everything I would try to be

 

I would be spectacular

I didn’t believe in failure

or maybe I just did not know of it yet

 

When I was called a child

Say age 10

I lived in a home that defined “home”

 

I was surrounded by family and animals

My parents were there

 

I had both of them

 

In a house with not enough bedrooms for me and my 7 siblings

yet we lived in every inch of that house

 

Whenever I imagined the future

it was in that same house

with all of my family and the animals I kept as pets

 

And I always had both of my parents

 

We were all beings that never aged

but could if we wanted to

 

We could each decide the changes that occurred in our lives

 

And in my imagination

when I was called a child

 

I knew more and more of a happiness

and of a meaning to life

That maybe I just did not know of yet

 

But had already decided on

 

-Diana Tan Domantay 03/19/2012

 

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