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Poem: American in the Philippines


As one of many Western Expats living under the tropical sun,

you would surmise that daily life was filled with endless fun.


But the truth sometimes escapes the reality of life,

with a new way of doing things with a foreign husband or wife.


Customs and habits are often difficult to break,

life might be smooth or rough as an earthquake.


Support of relatives is close to the heart of every Pinoy,

embracing financial responsibilities, it brings them great joy.


Foreign Pensioners face regulations domestic and from back home,

it is difficult to do banking under the overprotective dome.


There appears to be a lack of trust by the West for the foreign spouse,

relegating them to a lower caste, creating complications in the house.


Some see age differences within marriage nothing more than a curse,

others encourage it based on a Green Card and large wallet or purse.


Communication difficulties may arise even though the language is the same,

but a word translated via culture may change the whole interpretation game.


Finances are under scrutiny by relatives here and abroad,

some place under a microscope things they surmise as a fraud.


Of course there are the good times, with a loving partner in this realm,

but outside pressures have been known, at times to overwhelm.


Before one enters a relationship and resides in any foreign land,

weigh the pro and con, then be prepared to take your stand.




 #poetry #foreign #Asia #marriage #Filipina #dating #love #money #America

‍*** Andre Davison is the writer of the poetry in this blog, unless another author’s name is credited. Some material may be written as satire or to promote thought. I do not advocate the use of force or promote any illegal or immoral acts. I retain ownership rights over the materials used, except for images and those materials cited in links from other sites, which are beyond my control. Thanks for visiting Relative Insanity!


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