by Bella Zenaida Torres Desamito
For just a trickle of moment
Comes the reminiscences of yesterday
Oozing with exuberant joy
Brings you back the past years…. remember?
Twenty fifth is a day to remember
On that cool yet special month of December
You told me you love me with a love
So true, so sincere, so demanding and pure.
Doubtless am I, “too young,” said I
Ah! Twenty is sweet, but mind is wobbly
It thinks Yes! for the meantime
It thinks No… No for LOVE is divine.
We parted, we went to seek our fate
In far places where we dwell
To the North I went, to the South you went
Places where oblivion prevailed …. remember?
In my solitude, I tried to efface your memory
Trying to substitute you with my studies
All day long, I did activities to escape
The haunting nights that your shadow appears on me.
“Fool”, said I to myself
To think of a fabulist man
Why just dare to study
Perchance, love will soon come by.
Carried by my emotion, I have searched
Some memories, joyful and forlorn
And as time passed by in my life
Gone was your memory in my heart.
Two years have passed, you saw me!
I saw you! Did I conquer you?
Yesterday was being continued
And you promised again to be “TRUE”!
Thirteen so they say is a back luck
For a man and a woman to be in love
But I may say it’s a day to remember
When you saw me on that day of December!
“Gone were those days” I told you
Have passed and been effaced in memory
Gone were those fictitious acts you did
And have vanished and it is just so rapid!
But flattered again, I became serious,
I was bemused and very much confused,
What if you are only mocking at me?
And after that, leave me bamboozle alone?
Remember the silent night we were together?
That night of dream and reality
The exuding of feelings and candid words
And romantically swayed with love and laughter?
Remember that night of joy
On the Twenty sixth of December
The day of confirmation and affirmation
For the love that we swear to keep it pure!
I trusted you for I believe
That you will remain so gentle and pure
Hope you keep it always fresh and sincere
And never let it die and disappear!
We then braved the lockdown
As we dared to care for each other
Even as we are experiencing this pandemic
Because we believe that this will soon last!
SWEETHEART, let me call you
Give as much love to all
To a Mama, to a Papa, to a candid Ella,
You have promised to love us …. REMEMBER?