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To Trinidad

by Izrahmae Suico (The Philippines)

July 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "To Trinidad," read by Izrahmae Suico

Today, nature is fit in an open, square bus window with Mama obstructing the moving, alfresco greenery. Not so much of an everyday scene: the fire trees bloom yellow and red—green leaves outnumbered—and breathe with the wind as I snatch glimpses from my fellow passengers’ windows, careful not to be caught looking. Eventually, I give up, neck straining from trying to look at a view that’s not mine. I look ahead to the front glass of the bus, where an air freshener the shape of a pine tree hangs loyally in the rims of the dashcam. Somehow, it has a more generous sight.

We drive further to what felt like a nostalgic longueur and one-way infinity. From outside, we must be a fusillade of yellow, but from here, they’re a salvo of green and whitewashed stratus clouds—and many, many other things. They are rufous and pink lotuses boated by their deep purple leaves in the sun-gleamed ripples of a pond. They are treehouses up a mango tree with ladder steps nailed at the bark. They are green from the rice fields and the bent bamboos, the silvery superficiality of the gable tin roofs of Trinidad’s neighborhoods. All is freeing and moving and a flurry, as if not daring to be known nor remembered. Yet the smell of leather and Mama’s eucalyptus shampoo might make this one a memory. Maybe like many others. I look out the window again—Mama’s this time—reacquainting myself of the film-like progression of the geography there. I think I know just where we are.


Izrahmae Suico, age 17, is from Ubay, Bohol, The Philippines. Mainly stuck at home with schoolwork (and cats), she finds the occasional travels unwinding. The piece “To Trinidad” is inspired by a spontaneous trip to an adjacent town in her home province.

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Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?

Sydney

9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.

Allison

9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))

Allison

9/23/22, 7:32 AM

Love the message! The way you prompt the readers to rethink over 'is anything free' is so effective and the ending is...gorgeous.

Allison

9/23/22, 7:30 AM

Gosh, Antara...this is really beautiful! I love your use of language, and the anecdotes were so effective!! Congrats so much :))

Nidhi Kamalapurkar

9/22/22, 9:30 PM

I love it! Especially the part where you say if humans can control the world, they can control themselves too!
Keep up the brilliant writing!

Evelyn

9/22/22, 5:22 PM

Poignant and so beautifully written!

Evelyn

9/22/22, 5:19 PM

I love the flow, this is gorgeously written! Great piece!

Evelyn

9/22/22, 5:17 PM

Life really is all about the little things and you wrote about them in a beautiful way!

Evelyn

9/22/22, 5:16 PM

This is a lovely piece, Keren-Happuch! It provokes such a magical and dreamy feeling.

VM

9/19/22, 5:47 PM

Oh my god, the part about changing the mindset given the pre-existing beliefs drilled in by those around us... Even we often hesitate to have these conversations at times amongst friends as this topic is seldom more than a subject of twss jokes. You put it into words brilliantly!

Avisha M

9/17/22, 6:46 PM

this was thought-provoking! I particularly enjoyed how you connected existentialism to the topic. it provides a different perspective.