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Elementary school teacher shares her poem ‘I Am A Hero No More’

This #POPCreators entry was submitted by Reajane Balbada-Abrigo, a public elementary school teacher, who also happens to be a poetry enthusiast and a freelance “opinion-maker.” Some of her previous works have been published in Mindanao Daily News, Newsline.ph, and Davao Daily Scoop.

Here’s her latest poem entitled “I Am A Hero No More”:

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I Am A Hero No More

I am a hero no more,

That would always take home papers

Checking outputs of my learners.


I am a hero no more,

That would spend most of my time

In work, it’s more than a daily grind.


I am a hero no more,

That would always sacrifice my family time.

For in work I would always spend time.


To myself I am a hero no more,

For I disremembered “me time”,

for so long and not for a while.


I am a hero no more,

That would always spend weekends at school

And forget the church, and the Sabbath school.


I am a hero no more,

That even in signal no.2 storm,

still working at school.


I am a hero no more,

That irrespective of the bad weather

Finishing the reports is always my goal.


I am a hero no more,

That no matter what the circumstances,

It’s the APP, AIP, PPMP, and other papers

I would always think.


I am a hero no more,

That in spite of the State of Calamity declaration,

Submitting year-end reports is always my priority and mission.


Yes, to my job I am a hero no more.

For I have learned the lesson,

That it’s the family that most matter,

 and the Great Creator above all.


POP! Creators/Reajane Balbada-Abrigo


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