October Flood

Almost a decade ago I remember
the worst flood my family and I ever experienced,
and something else…

Almost a decade ago I remember
waking up, and my mom said, “it’s flooding!”;
bringing everything upstairs including books;
setting up gas and electricity for cooking and radio;
a week of not being able to take a long bath;
a week of resisting our collective stench;
a week of wasting wet tissues and newspapers for shit;
a week of bulks of wet towels and sachets;

Almost a decade ago I also remember
being thankful for not only surviving the flood
but also being thankful for having good food;
for being able to spend more time with one another;
for being able to ride a car through the lowering flood
so we can book a place near my school for a 1 month;
for my parents sacrificing many for our sake;
for my parents showing their love through action

Almost a decade ago I remember
the worst flood my family and I have ever experienced,
and that blood is thicker than that flood.