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Mr.Ernesto P. Santiago,from Philippines (菲律宾)

(2009-06-12 12:05:27)
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Mr.Ernesto <wbr>P. <wbr>Santiago,from <wbr>Philippines <wbr>(菲律宾)

[Philippines] Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago

                                           The Color of Thirst

 

Each time I look

for the Holy Grail

I see myself lost

in the circle of stones, encircling my shadow

and their glow mesmerizing its aura;

and what is it, or what it isn’t

that lingers outside the circle

captivated my heart that made me perceived—

I wanted to untangle my shadow

from the orb web it slept with years,

to seek that awareness

of dot growing into contentment,

to leave that rhythm of life it lived with obedience.

Oh, I am not quite sure

if I knew then about what is the color of

thirst really mean to each cup I used.

Ah, what would become of those stones

without me inside the circle, or when time

had stopped my desire?

The only thing I knew of myself was

this pen, cuddling

my thoughts.

 

 

                                        Meditation

 

Reciting the «Our Father»

like a sugar-coated Vicar, I glide into

the silence of a cross, standing

before me, like a 95 year old

cactus, watching people walk-by.

 

A wind breezes in,

and I dream I were this wind,

dancing freely with

the sand dunes of time.

 

I can’t stop wondering

why inside this temple

has a repetitive silence, unlike

in the flea market where most

souls enjoy a colorful day.

 

About the Author:

           Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago, a famous poet in contemporary Philippines, was born in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines on February 26, 1967. He attended the Institute of International Relations of Kiev Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev, Ukraine where he received a degree in International Law and a certificate in Russian Language, granting him the right to teach at courses and circles of Russian, but somehow found himself as an Overseas Filipino Worker. He has a penchant for writing and he began writing poetry in December of 2005. Sometimes, he uses his inverted name Otsenre Ogaitnas as his nom de plume. For Him, “Poetry is a global temperature that will always surprise us.” He is the author of two poetry books The Walking Man, 2007 and The Poet Who Asked The Birds How To Fly, 2009. He is also the editor of The Sound Of Poetry Review. He has received the First Prize “Award of Excellence” in the March 2008 Poetrysoup International Poetry Contest, USA; a Honorable Mention winner in the 11th Mattia International Poetry Competition 2008, Canada; a Grand Prix Orient-Occident Des Arts 2008 Internationale Laureate, awarded at the 12th International Poetry Festival Orient-Occident «Curtea Des Arges: Poetry Nights 1001 Poems», by L’Acadamie Internationale Orient-Occident, Fondation et Organisation Culturelle d’Utilité Publique, Romania. And also, he has received the Nosside Menzionati award in the XXIV Premio Internazionale di Poesia Nosside 2008, Reggio Calabra, Italy. He is a member of World Poets Society, Poetas Del Mundo, and Shadow Forest Authors. Currently, he lives with his wife Nitz in Athens, Greece.

 

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