(As hosted by Renee at No Water River)
I used to think choosing a poem for Poetry Friday would be easy. While our post coincides with our bi-monthly theme, I always thought it would be easy. But finding the perfect one—the one that fits perfectly into the theme while able to speak to me, is a challenge. It took me a few nights, a few poetry books to find one that I felt was perfect for today’s Poetry Friday.
(Our July/August 2013 Theme)
Today’s poem is from a Filipino Poet, Dinah Roma Sianturi. The poet teaches creative writing and literature at the De La Salle University. This poem is from her collection Geographies of Light that won a Carlos Palanca Award in 2007.
I felt the poem captures relationships, its cycles so eloquently.
By Dinah Roma Sianturi
Many times I’ve tried writing
To get the feel of it—“I’ll leave you.
This is the end.” And each time
The ink dries into this script
Of finality, I relive your words
Against mine, those words pummeled
Into the air, in short, emphatic
Gasps, endorsed by what we believe
Must be released in us, the beat
Of hurt, when one of us must be
More giving than the other, more willing
To accept how it is, just one of those
Episodes that will soon dissipate
Into forgiveness, and for which we
Will be declared nobler for having withstood
The moment when our lives, when who
We used to be are torched to become
One, so that not one of us will escape
How the other feels, so that when I
Survive I will still know of enough strength
To take a pen and paper to write
“I’ll leave you. This is the end.”
It will only be because of doubt, because
It is possible to have your own wish inscribed,
Because you can loosen your fingers from the grip
To let the shaking ebb, and
The quiet read into the note.