My parents were so in love
So in love they forgot the doctor's advice
And got married without thinking twice.
I had a normal birth
A joy to my parents and a new blessing upon the earth
For a while all seemed normal
There was no sign to indicate anything abnormal.
Until that first day I had swollen feet
I was in so much pain, I just couldn't eat
My eyes also started becoming yellow
I was so pale, different from the next fellow.
My friends always wondered why I often missed out on school
They thought it was cos my parents were really cool
They didn't know the meaning of a crisis
Or why I couldn't join in their excesses.
Now I have to cope with Blood transfusions
With daily drugs and prescriptions
Now mom and dad curse and fight a lot
Blaming each other for my lot.
But on the whole I have no regret
Grateful for this life and all whom I've met
Am at the top of my class and loving it
Cos to all of us this life is really nothing but a gift.
(Dedicated to my late friend and colleague N.G.D)