TO A LOST ONE
Manalang Gloria's poems are also evocative of the syllabic nature of native verse forms and the metrical romance and other syllabic poems. Her poems also seem to show some influence of seventeenth-century poetry or independent thought of each quatrain in metrical romance in its fondness for the dodecasyllabic or twelve-syllable line. The dodecasyllabic quatrain carries a melancholic air. Like in this poem, the poetic persona looks back in the past with fond memories. He/ she appeals to be remembered in private moments, from time to time. This poem strikes me because it speaks of wanting to be left unforgotten. It speaks of moments to be cherished and kept in the very heart.
Shirlyn Karen M. Reinares
TO A LOST ONE
I shall haunt you O my lost one, as the twilight
Haunts a re-entangled trail,
And your dreams will linger strangely with the music
Of a phantom lover’s tale,
You shall not forget, for I am past forgetting,
I shall come to you again
With the starlight and the scent of white champacas,
And the melody of rain.
You shall not forget. Dust will peer into your
Window, tragic-eyed and still,
And unbidden, startle you into remembrance
With its hand upon the still.
Source: Dimalanta, Ophelia A., Virginia M. Mata. Philippine Contemporary Literature in English: Tradition and Change( From the 20’s to the Present). University of Santo Tomas: UST Publishing House, 2001.