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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.

#Nature          #Home

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Lauren hudd

2/3/23, 12:21 AM

Reading this story was realistic and relatble


2/2/23, 11:27 AM

"I collected little glimpses of the north to hoard away for the future, like treasure" is such a beautiful line!


2/2/23, 11:23 AM

What a fascinating piece!

2/2/23, 5:21 AM

One of my favorite pieces ever published on Write the World!


2/2/23, 4:41 AM

Well done Everett on this powerful piece. I hope you continue to write!


2/2/23, 4:40 AM

Well done Genevieve - what a beautiful and evocative piece of writing!

1/17/23, 2:15 AM

This is so beautiful


1/16/23, 3:52 PM

I love all of it. It’s so real and so many feelings are there.


1/5/23, 6:02 PM

This is amazing. Do not ever stop. That is really inspirational, the whole writing piece made me want to help.


1/3/23, 7:19 PM

This article was absolutely amazing! I am so thankful to live in a country where periods and sex are fairly normalized, but I will never forget to educate myself about the lack of education others have. It pains me to know that in countries like India, girls are still put down about what they where and how they act. It was very brave of you to share your voice, and I commend you endlessly for that.


12/8/22, 7:25 PM

I really love this! I, myself, am not black, but I know of a lot of good black people. Sadly, I will admit, at one time, I used to think of a black community filled with gangs and poverty. But I know now how perfectly capable it is to live together if only we got rid of the stereotype that is so, so wrong. I do hope you accomplish this. This will great for our country.

Sorry but can't share the name

12/7/22, 10:40 AM

Basically I don't know how to react.
All the conservatives should be reading this.........

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