To my beloved grandma-ma

By Lauiliu Mataeliga 07 November 2016, 12:00AM

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,



With all my love, 

Your precious little one.

Lauiliu Mataeliga

By Lauiliu Mataeliga 07 November 2016, 12:00AM

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