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A poem for Tootsie J., a very committed writer in the Bicol Region

Updated on May 22, 2010

Pen

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Ink

Ink, live rivers, rumble within hearing distance from our fears (Photo is from:FreePhotoBank.com)
Ink, live rivers, rumble within hearing distance from our fears (Photo is from:FreePhotoBank.com)

Sea

We have learned  that thoughts on paper have the power of the sea. (Photo is from:FreePhotosBank.com)
We have learned that thoughts on paper have the power of the sea. (Photo is from:FreePhotosBank.com)

Tears

Like tears, ink ceanses the eyes of our standpoints...(Photo is from our organization)
Like tears, ink ceanses the eyes of our standpoints...(Photo is from our organization)
Tutle steps are as precious as lightning steps. (http://www.freeturtlepictures.com/wallpaper/6.html)
Tutle steps are as precious as lightning steps. (http://www.freeturtlepictures.com/wallpaper/6.html)
like arrows, pens mark and monitor the infinity of our angst...our ectacies...our hopes (Photo is from:(Flowers.VG)
like arrows, pens mark and monitor the infinity of our angst...our ectacies...our hopes (Photo is from:(Flowers.VG)

Pen

Ink, like rivers,

rumble within hearing distance

from our fears.

Not all get moved

though everybody hears

but we all learned

that thoughts on paper

have the power of the sea.

Like tears,

ink cleanses the eyes

of our standpoints;

merges with the downpour

on the streets

and seeks our home of meanings

that is water.

.

Like blood, ink is life

when a story is told

about the sons

and daughters

of farmers

or of urban poor job seekers

wishing to send their kids to U.P.

or Ateneo

or to the nearest university;

or when a story is told

about children dying of dengue

without medical attention;

or about mothers giving birth

in the vicinity of stress

and death;

Like arrows, pens mark

and monitor

the infinity of our longing

or angst

or torment

or ecstacy

or all of the above

over the rumblings

ignored and lost

over our turtle steps

over our hopes

towards a new geography.

Copyright ©2009 Francia C. Clavecillas

This poem is dedicated to a friend

A writer's huge income is on the psychic plane. The writer I am dedicating this humble poem to has written a lot on the aspect of local history and social consciousness. This poem is a tribute to him and a wish that he get well soon.

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    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi regality,

      Your comment makes me want to write and write poems! Thanks for the affirmation at a time when I need to start things right...Francia

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      regality 

      8 years ago from Iloilo City, Philippines

      i really adore the 1st stanza.

      of the ink that rumbles like rivers, of the thoughts that have powers of the sea, of the ink that acts as tears cleansing the eyes of our standpoints.

      magnificent! concrete poetry! i will share this to my fellow poets on our poetry readings. such a noble poem for a friend. Godbless.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Cris,

      I think writers create hope every day whether they write about despair. It's like writing about your angst in the dead of night not because you celebrate angst but because you're expressing a longing for something away from your angst.

      Thanks for leaving a kind comment.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      hey france

      this is one beautiful ode to a beautiful human being. the beauty in the chosen words and in the cadence with which they fall compliment the meaning. really, an achingly beautiful poem. let us remain hopeful my frined, that a new geography indeed awaits :D

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Melody,

      How nice of you to drop by and leave an encouraging comment.

      Thanks.

    • Melody Lagrimas profile image

      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Lovely choice of words.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for your encouraging comment.I'm inspired when friends drop by and take time to read my hubs.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      fastfreta,

      Nice of you to drop by and leave a comment. Yes, I learned from friends in the local literary community that this poem was appreciated. I couldn't be personally present at the gathering of poets and visual artists because of my schedules here in Manila. The venue of the activity was 600 kilometers from where I am now. But I was present in spirit.

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      \Brenda Scully 

      9 years ago

      well written hope your friend gets well soon

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      You are a good friend franciaonline, I hope your friend appreciates what a beautiful poem you wrote for him. Very good poem!

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