For Once

 

You are assertive and unyielded a friend who patiently listens and never walks away, not once.

 

You are refined and polished one, our source of encouragement, a man of honor and gratitude, all at once.

 

You’re always willing to say “sorry” and “forgive” me a nurturing man and a loving partner all at once.

 

You are our wall of trust and security and we knew you will never betray us, not even once.

 

Spending time with you is fun; you share tricks and shortcuts and make academics enjoyable, for once.

 

Affection could be your surname

you hug, you kiss as a mother does, all for once.

 

You are a pillar of strength, support, and discipline your work is endless oftentimes thankless, but I will thank you Dad, I knew at once.

 

 

 

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My first attempt at Ghazal poetry form was inspired by a recent visit to the Singapore National Museum. My hero has always been my father. Apart from reading and writing, we share the same passion for Arts and Culture and he would have been so delighted to see these exhibits. According to Gay Reiser Cannon at d’Verse, who introduced the components of the ghazal for their challenge, the ghazal’s narrator “is always a hero longing for the unattainable”.

 

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.

 

Empowered -dverse Poetic:Theories of Everything and Anything

” If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat”, Sun Tzu’s Strategic Theory on War.
I have always loved the book The Art of War, it is now celebrated by today’s business gurus and even sports coaches as guidance for dealing with conflict of all sorts. Knowing oneself is the most important thing in winning the war we wage every day.

Below is my poem about Sun Tzu’s theory on the art of war, in a modern context.

Written for dverse Poetic: Theories of Everything and Anything

 

Empowered (  Cinq Trois DecaLa Rhyme)

You don’t take away from me that one thing I deserve, one thing.
You don’t tell me what to do ‘cos you deemed, as a human being.
I shall be in solitude, will be silent, will be quiet.
I will give my tormented soul a break, but I do not quit.
You can hate me, you can curse me, but I will remain cogent.
You will see the beauty in silence, in weeping,  that’s resilient.
You will understand hope against trials, that’s bright and brilliant.
When confusion and fear arise, it is truly upsetting.
You do not take away,  that one thing I deserve, not a bit.
For I have hoped, I have loved, I am clever and I am apt.

Merril is hosting dverse Poetic: Theories of Everything and Anything, hop in and join the fun at https://dversepoets.com/2019/05/07/poetic-theories-of-everything-and-anything/