Barong Tagalog

I heard the news of you leaving as someone from the other line was sobbing, crying, weeping. “He’s gone”, was all I can hear. I wept, I cried ’till I can’t cry anymore.

It was a warm summer morning.

You left without saying goodbye. Without notice. It broke my heart in pieces, I could die.

I told myself I’ll never go far away from you again, but what’s the point?

I was wounded, helpless, and even when far away an interrupted cry could be heard as I lament in desperation.

Distance is killing me.

The sun was shining but the rain came pouring when I flew back home to bid my goodbye.

You were smiling. You felt rested. And you look handsome as ever. I smiled back looking at you as I said “your barong Tagalog looks perfect on you”. I blew you a kiss like I used to.

I was ushered away, away from your side.

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  The Barong Tagalog, more commonly known as simply barong (and occasionally called baro), is an embroidered formal shirt and considered the national dress of the Philippines.
In Filipino culture it is a common formal attire,
Written for dVerse, https://dversepoets.com/2019/06/10/prosery-1/, Write a story using maximum 144 words that has to include the following line: “When far away an interrupted cry” taken from the poem acquainted with the night by Robert Frost.

 

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

40 thoughts on “Barong Tagalog

    1. Hi there Winnie..this one went on my spam..🙂🙂

      Ohh i am sorry to hear that…but we both know that your dad is in a happy place now…and he is happier seeing you spreading your wings beautifully..

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  1. “The sun was shining but the rain came pouring…” this line pierced my heart. What a lovely tribute to your dad. I know mine would want to be buried in his barong as well. ❤️

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  2. Barong is such a versatile suit. Always present in every special occasion, from weddings to funerals. The last piece of clothing, we can give to our beloved to show how much they mean to us.

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  3. Felt like I was right at the scene, witnessing when the speaker saw him in his barong tagalong and the speaker was ushered away. Nice piece.

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  4. There are many traditions in regards to that last look…
    If there is a burial. I looked up what the clothing was and it also shows it as wedding attire – so I thought it might be a former beau marrying someone else.

    May all those that we have lost, may their memories be for blessings.

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  5. So sad. This makes me harken back to my past when I experience a parting of the ways from my then girlfriend. You really captured the essence of what it feels like to break up.

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  6. Beautifully written – and I can relate – my father-in-law looked years younger and peaceful – in his suit and his hands clasped over his worn prayer cards…

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  7. i love the formal dress shirt, my brother got married wearing that and i loved how he looked in it, it is graceful yet so crisp and elegant. i felt the sadness of your saying goodbye, reminded me of the final goodbye i made to someone i wanted to stay on a little longer. my tears flow my dear friend, but know it is tears of relief that someone understands the depth of grief too

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