The inspiration for this particular passage is Andrew Marvell and to the lost voices who make it all worthwhile. I thought Marvell’s “The Definition of Love” is the greatest poem ever written. Not only for it’s lyrical and rhythmic cadences but because once one speaks it out loud, the resonant theme of undying yet unfulfilled love just breaks my heart into smithereens. He may be born in the 1600s but boy, can he write and his poems are still as relevant today as they were then. “To His Coy Mistress” is also another favorite of mine. These two poems isn’t just about love but it also imbues that unanswerable question of “If not now, then when?” It also struck a chord personally to me but we won’t go there.
The voices I’d like to acknowledge and shout out to the world may be lost (or not heard) but they will never be gone and it is my job to ensure they will be spoken and certainly be given their due. Of course, these are the people who live life in the fringes, the down-trodden and who seek justice in this unkind world. Their stories may not be unique but it is not about how they were maltreated one way or another. It is about their journey and how they were able to survive above it and become resilient human. . . beings.
I am working on a few projects right now. I am not sure how they will turn out in the presses but I am keeping them under wraps until they are ready to be read and heard. This is just a teaser – A poem called “I Am Maria” is about 8 individuals who share their journey and tribulations to the world: A blind girl born with a cleft palate, a young girl involved in the drug war, an OFW, an indigenous girl, a transgender and others will take their stage as they tell the world how they came to be. A short story of an individual who shares his experiences with gay men who abused and try to take advantage of him, get into his pants (as he perceives them to be) and is desperate to feed his 3 boys in the slums of Manila called “Welcome Home.” A poem about a boy who shares his story being an orphan and his experiences about the injustices he’s encountered in “I am No Body.” And many more. The only thing I need to do is finish them and get them ready for editing and publication.
I realized I haven’t posted for a while either. It’s a little sabbatical but I am back now. It’s good to be. I need to vent. I need to share about Andrew Marvell and his poems and the all the voices that need to be heard.
All in due time….