Water Rondel

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Love is what makes music take nature’s shape.
Heart singing through the warbler’s throat,
Storm clouds curling, calm ripples ‘round a boat,
Music is water, its shape as love dictates.

Water’s wisdom: its own level it seeks,
Heart must sing in flood or drought:
Love’s warm embrace it cannot doubt,
Heart singing through the warbler’s throat.

Music takes us beyond what our arms can reach,
Is it the star’s touch or the breathless kiss?
Or that old warmth in gelid nights we miss?
Music is water, its shape as love dictates:
Love is what makes music take nature’s shape.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marne Kilates
Marne Kilates
MARNE KILATES is an award-winning poet, freelance writer, editor, and translator. He has published six books of poetry and translated works by leading Filipino poets such as National Artists Rio Alma, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Lazaro Francisco. He has won the Philippines’ Palanca Memorial Awards, the National Book Awards, and the SEA Write Award given by the Thai royalty. His works may be accessed at his website, Marneskripts, at http://marnek2.wixsite.com/marneskripts. The Philippines Graphic shares with its readers one of his latest poems, “Water Rondel”

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