A few thoughts about true lovePublished 9:13pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
Following are some of my thoughts about the power of love, via the raw English translations of my original Ilokano poems, originally published in 2005 and 2006.
Faces of Love
1. Two birds
two flying creatures
singing sweet notes of love
(morning music to the ears)
as they stick together
they go wherever…
2. Priest or pastor
entered the seminary
heeded the call of the Almighty
to serve His flock of humanity
enlightening the path of so many.
3. Nun or sister
entered the convent
in the midst of innuendos
and temptations of a troubled world
to serve Him, her Savior.
4. Pen pals-turned happy couple
longtime pen friends
haven’t seen each other for the first time
‘til love, trust and commitment developed
for a beautiful world and a secured family.
5. Expatriate or overseas worker
left country-home for employment
endured home separation and work condition
to eke out a decent living
for his future and family.
6. Seller or vendor
peddling and selling stuff
food and other commodities
just to provide and support a family
out of poverty, out of love.
at dawn, you’re in the field
tilling the soil, toiling, and doing other farm work
plowing, planting, sowing, cultivating until dusk
envisioning a bountiful harvest.
early morn, you’re at school
eager and ready to teach and inspire
so students will learn and grow
and their dreams come true.
creates a story out of words
beautiful, sweet, powerful words
that are informative, entertaining, revolutionary
making life exciting, meaningful, wonderful.
10. Healthcare provider
in hospitals or clinics, you’re there
practicing and putting your profession to work
treating and caring for the sick, thus saving lives
(focusing on the health and well-being of all)
so life-world continues to exist and spin.
11. Blessed Mother Teresa
you didn’t mind your frail stature
so you could serve the Almighty Lord
loving, caring for the sick, the “untouchables”
that the troubled world ignored and abandoned.
12. Retired couple
two chosen, fortunate, loving people
sitting unperturbed on a park bench
exchanging sweet glances, hugging, locking lips
smiling happily, feeling contented, with no worry.
13. Volunteer worker
though how busy you are
at work and/or with family
you always find time to spare and share
to all those who need assistance and help.
14. Parents and Grandparents
lots of sacrifice and compromise
patience, endurance, hard work
just so their brood and tribe taken care of
that family and the world rejoice.
Chris Quilpa, a Suffolk resident, is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. He was one of the top five Iluko writers for www.iluko.com in 2008. E-mail him at email@example.com.