Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday: “I’ll leave you. This is the End”

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(As hosted by Renee at No Water River)

I used to think choosing a poem for Poetry Friday would be easy. While our post coincides with our bi-monthly theme, I always thought it would be easy. But finding the perfect one—the one that fits perfectly into the theme while able to speak to me, is a challenge. It took me a few nights, a few poetry books to find one that I felt was perfect for today’s Poetry Friday.

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(Our July/August 2013 Theme)

Today’s poem is from a Filipino Poet, Dinah Roma Sianturi. The poet teaches creative writing and literature at the De La Salle University. This poem is from her collection Geographies of Light that won a Carlos Palanca Award in 2007.

I felt the poem captures relationships, its cycles so eloquently.

The Note

By Dinah Roma Sianturi

Many times I’ve tried writing

To get the feel of it—“I’ll leave you.

This is the end.” And each time

The ink dries into this script

Of finality, I relive your words

Against mine, those words pummeled

Into the air, in short, emphatic

Gasps, endorsed by what we believe

Must be released in us, the beat

Of hurt, when one of us must be

More giving than the other, more willing

To accept how it is, just one of those

Episodes that will soon dissipate

Into forgiveness, and for which we

Will be declared nobler for having withstood

The moment when our lives, when who

We used to be are torched to become

One, so that not one of us will escape

How the other feels, so that when I

Survive I will still know of enough strength

To take a pen and paper to write

“I’ll leave you. This is the end.”

It will only be because of doubt, because

It is possible to have your own wish inscribed,

Because you can loosen your fingers from the grip

To let the shaking ebb, and

The quiet read into the note.

 

4 comments on “Poetry Friday: “I’ll leave you. This is the End”

  1. Hi Iphigene. This poem spoke to me too. Powerful last lines:

    “I’ll leave you. This is the end.”
    It will only be because of doubt, because
    It is possible to have your own wish inscribed,
    Because you can loosen your fingers from the grip
    To let the shaking ebb, and
    The quiet read into the note.”

    The ‘quiet’ read into the note… so pregnant with meaning and painful twists.

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  2. Hi, Iphigene. These were the lines that hit home for me:

    those words pummeled
    Into the air, in short, emphatic
    Gasps, endorsed by what we believe
    Must be released in us, the beat
    Of hurt

    Even an intense argument with someone (anyone) we love can feel this way. What an honest poem.

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  4. what is the main idea of this poem

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