ODE TO DUSK

Catch me another dusk
As the day is done
And the high bright sun
Has settled where it should
Into the bowels of the sea.

Catch me another dusk
To recall
Life on the island
When rice paddies
Lead you to the nearby river
Where the young dive
And negotiate deep waters
And rise naked
While rivulets
Flow on supple thighs.

Catch me another dusk
To recall your first eclipse
On another island.
You wonder
Why it turned suddenly dark
In mid-afternoon
And you head for home
Catching a moment
Neither night nor day.

Catch me another dusk
When you head for home
By the seashore
To find young lovers
Under the trees
Relish the first sensual dusk of summer.

I like reunions in summer
With friends you have not seen
For years.

I love summer
In all its hues at sunset.

I like its fiery colors
Like the magic red of roses
And the young flesh
Of your youth
Half-submerged in the sea
Of your past.

Catch me a last sunset
To come to terms with my past
And dream what’s left
Of a future.

Catch me a dusk
Where big dreams are laid to rest
And happiness is watching
Your grandchildren smile
Showing you a future
Without the claws
Of the scourge
Threatening your sunsets.

Catch me another dusk
For my memory
Between sand and sea.

There is nothing like
A quiet sunset
Watching the shadows of friends
Reliving
The fading dusk of summer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pablo A. Tariman
Pablo A. Tariman
Pablo A. Tariman contributes to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Vera Files, CoverStory.Ph and The Diarist.Ph. His first book of poetry is Love, Life and Loss–Poems During the Pandemic. He is one of 160 Asian poets who made it in the anthology, The Best Asian Poetry 2021-22, published in Singapore. Born in Baras, Catanduanes, he has three daughters and six grandchildren.

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