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The welcome mat


Preparing for a guest.
We stock our larders.
And spring clean our homes.
Make it shine for our guest.

When no one visits,
chores are left to slide.
We do only the basic cleaning.
Dust is left to settle sometimes.

But when someone is invited,
dustpan, brooms and mops come out.
The house gets polished and shined.
Not a speck of dust anywhere.

There is pride for our home.
To show the best to our guest.
A feast cooked, a feast eaten.
The comfort of home is shared.

The welcome mat placed at the door.
A message of invitation laid down.
All ready to usher in our guests.
Our homes spick and span.

What if you had an unexpected guest?
Would you be as hospitable as a host?
Irritable that your home is not spotless?
Or take it in stride, life throws curve balls.

I have been caught unawares.
An uninvited guest at my front door.
I froze in panic then sighed in defeat.
A smile pasted on, I opened the door.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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