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.

 

40 Comments

  1. Winnie says:

    Oh, Mich! This put a tear on my eyes. I suddenly remember my dad who died a day before Father’s day. Hugs to you!

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    1. michnavs says:

      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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  2. This is heartbreaking, Mich and your love shines through.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Ohh this one went on my spam..

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      1. No, issues…now it has been rescued!🙂

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  3. To have to be so far away and only bidding goodbye afterwards is so heave to bear. I understood the end as seeing someone for the last time at an open casket occasion… distance is hard.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Bjorn for sharing your thoughts…and i had fun writing this..starting with the word count down to incorporating the line from Frost..

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  4. calmkate says:

    exquisitely written, sounds like a tribute to your father …

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    1. michnavs says:

      I can’t think of anyone else kate when i read the line from Frost…

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      1. calmkate says:

        I thought so .. what a great poet he was!

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      2. michnavs says:

        Ahhh kate…he was…and oh, he was a very good cook too…😁😁

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  5. murisopsis says:

    Such as lovely poem with a very sad topic… I too understood that it was a final farewell.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for sharing your insights here…☺☺

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  6. iidorun says:

    “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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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Irma..our old men would love to wear that even ’till they die..

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  7. Joy says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      On point Joy…it is indeed a very classy suit for a handsome Filipino gentleman..

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  8. Mich, I commented yesterday, please check your spam. 😔

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh .i will Punam…thanks..

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  9. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

    Beautiful, yet sad to read and I like some of Frost’s works.

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      1. Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) ☕ says:

        You’re welcome, Mich.

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  10. Miss N says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you and i am delighted to see you here..welcome on board..

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  11. Jules says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Jules for sharing your thoughts and adding another layer to this piece…😊😊😊

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  12. markmkane says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Mark… every loss is painful …but we also know that for each loss is a beautiful beginning..

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  13. This is so powerful, Mich. Beautifully written.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Robert.

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      1. I’m glad I had a chance to visit your blog. 🙂

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  14. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      That looked perfect too..

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  15. singledust says:

    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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    1. michnavs says:

      I feel you and i understand what you mean. Sometimes it is that saddest goodbye that will finally free us ..

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      1. singledust says:

        ah you said that right!

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  16. Garfield Hug says:

    So sad…🤗🤗

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