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Bonsai -- Edith Tiempo

Guest poem sent in by Genevieve Aquino
(Poem #1931) Bonsai
 All that I love
 I fold over once
 And once again
 And keep in a box
 Or a slit in a hollow post
 Or in my shoe.

 All that I love?
 Why, yes, but for the moment --
 And for all time, both.
 Something that folds and keeps easy,
 Son's note or Dad's one gaudy tie,
 A roto picture of a queen,
 A blue Indian shawl, even
 A money bill.

 It's utter sublimination,
 A feat, this heart's control
 Moment to moment
 To scale all love down
 To a cupped hand's size,

 Till seashells are broken pieces
 From God's own bright teeth,
 And life and love are real
 Things you can run and
 Breathless hand over
 To the merest child.
-- Edith Tiempo
      (1972)

Being from a small archipelago with such a bounty of poets writing in
English, I have always wanted to share Philippine poetry with Minstrels.
But I never summoned the courage until now, when Poem #1927 (Lowell Parker's
"The Bee Box"), reminded me again of this poem and the beautiful but simple
images of love and the human experience "scaled down" into this classic
example of Philippine Poetry in English.

I was packing up my things a week ago in preparation for moving to another
country and the rote action of putting things away reminded me of the
imagery in this poem. "All that I love/ I fold over once/ And once again".
Now that I am far from home, I feel that sharing this with others will make
me a little less homesick.

It is a universal human trait to gather all the important memories and
attempt to condense these metaphysical things into tangible bits and pieces
that one can carry around. Thus, no matter where a person might be, one can
always be reminded of home and the things they love.

Genevieve

[Links]

Edith Tiempo is a Philippine National Artist for Literature.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_L._Tiempo

A collection of Tiempo's poems:
 [broken link] http://www.geocities.com/icasocot/tiempo_poems.html

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