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From The Household Of Turon To The Household Of Challah Bread

A free verse poem about some of my earliest memories of hearing and learning Tagalog

By Talia DevoraPublished 8 months ago 1 min read
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From The Household Of Turon To The Household Of Challah Bread
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In a household

of Shabbat candles,

challah bread,

yarmulkes,

tefillin,

and Judaic art pieces,

I'd hear every word

of the language

of the households

of turon

every single day.

The one word

gwapa

followed me everywhere

like a buzzing bumblebee.

Gwapa

was the word for

beautiful, charming, precious-

gwapa

was the type

of little girl

I was born to be.

Another word

sweetened my Jewish home

with real tropical warmth-

honey-koo.

Honey-koo-

a Tagalog term

that'd kill every child

with real kindness and affection.

It was the word

that fixed a little girl's soul

and kept it

stored inside her.

Those two words

mixed up the household

like peanut butter and honey.

It was a Jilipino one

with tons of flavour,

spice,

hospitality,

love,

and closeness.

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Terms to remember

Yarmulke: A head cap that a Jewish boy wears. A Jewish boy is to wear a yarmulke, as a means to remind himself that G-d is watching over him.

Tefillin: A set of small black leather containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law.

Turon: A traditional Filipino dessert. It's basically a caramelized banana spring roll.

Shabbat: The Jewish day of rest, which occurs on a Saturday. On Friday evening, the evening before the actual day of rest, we light Shabbat candles.

Jilipino: It's a pun I came up with on the spot. It basically means "Jewish- Filipino”.

Honey-koo: It means "my honey", in Tagalog.

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About the Creator

Talia Devora

Poetess, visual artist and lifestyle/quiz writer! My pastimes include reading, sleeping, gaming, music, fitness, etc! Be yourselves, be kind and value life! Let's connect and be friends!

My IG accounts: @tdwrites24 & @tdcreates97

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  • Teresa Renton8 months ago

    This is a gorgeous tribute to your culture and the memories you have of growing up within it. You managed to convey that special feeling so well 😍

  • Chloe Gilholy8 months ago

    Lovely childhood memories these feel so unique and personal.

  • Hannah Moore8 months ago

    This is fabulous, I feel like I want to hear so much more about this childhood.

  • Grz Colm8 months ago

    I know very little of the Jewish culture Talia, so thanks for sharing this and your wonderful poem! ☺️👍

  • Babs Iverson8 months ago

    Love the words that you shared!!! It's an awesome poem!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Cathy holmes8 months ago

    This is wonderful. Honey-koo is such a great word.

  • Denise E Lindquist8 months ago

    Thank you! ❤️I love other languages, however, I am not good at language. Not my Ojibwe, not English. My sister joked that even though we have advanced degrees, we can still murder the English language and she was right!

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