"Is It Worth It?"
She was 14 and happy,
She had many dreams, like you, like me.
She had friends and family;
She's like other girls you see.
She's 14 and curious.
There were things she sees others use.
Her mom taught her not to give a fuss,
But her friends told her, "you have to, to be like us".
She tried a stick or two,
Coughed a little like a newbie would do.
She thought it was the coolest thing in the world,
Because now she felt she belonged.
She was 18 and growing up,
Now it's a habit that's hard to stop.
Her parents found she's now into the habit,
And she thought their words were not worth it.
After college was a fresh beginning.
She had a new job and some cash to bring.
Had a few parties and more bills,
She liked feeling life's thrills.
She met a man and fell in-love,
She felt he's the one sent from above.
They had a daughter and a son, too.
She's even more in-love with a new baby boo.
Everything seemed perfect,
Maybe beyond one would expect,
But life can be playful, don't forget.
At 39 she thought maybe she's just getting older,
But then the doctor told her she's got cancer.
Her world fell apart to hear these words,
She'd trade anything and pray to all gods.
It could have been easy at first,
But now the time's too late, even if she'd curse.
She had to say goodbye to her beautiful family,
Leave the career she dreamt of since three.
Her mom was crying, her dad was distraught,
She then remembered what they taught.
That one stick of smoke,
Made her miserable and broke.
So before you take an offer from a friend,
Or follow the society's trend,
Ask yourself if it's worth it.
If you figure it's not, then just forget it.
You only live one life.
It better not end in strife.
-Gladys Cyrene Bascara Dagal