To my beloved grandma-ma
You awaited me at birth, I was told,
My arrival brought laughter to your soul.
You then held me next to your heart,
The comfort I felt warmed my blood.
You raised and nurtured me well,
Lifted me up whenever I fell.
Our daily routine – the 24/7 sessions,
If I don’t comply I’ll get a hiding to learn my lesson.
Your personality, Oh! How can I forget?
Loved by many and adored by the rest.
Your characteristics, talents and many duties to play,
Is what I admire you most and will forever embrace.
Thank you for everything you have done,
I’ll cherish our memories, despite your loss.
I wish you were here,
To tell you that those lessons were worth it,
And whisper to your ear,
“I love you, you’re my inspiration”.
I’m sorry if I sometimes failed you,
Please forgive me if I was ungrateful.
Tulou lava, Finagalo malie, Faamolemole, Faafetai - are the terms to remember,
“You must be polite and decent always and forever”.
As we depart our ways,
I am thrilled to say,
My journey with you was a fruitful one,
Go in peace and love,
Have a safe journey above
I promise to carry your name with proud,
Try my best to follow your footprints,
How’s that sound?
From here on, I bid you farewell,
Goodbye my Rose as the England man tells.
As you reached your destination’s end,
I prayed that may we meet again.
Be my shining star,
Looking down from above,
Tofa! MY BELOVED GRANDMA-MA.
With all my love,
Your precious little one.