This is the final Poetry Friday when we would be sharing poems connected to our bimonthly theme which ends this week: Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age.
I must admit that finding poems for this theme was a challenge, not because of the lack of poetry that deals with the subject – but the sheer abundance! And as we conclude our bimonthly theme, I thought of sharing something quite special with my favourite people in the kidlitosphere community this week, our lovely host being Author Amok (do drop by her site to see more Poetry Friday offerings).
Music Conference in Finland
A year ago (September 2012), my research collaborator and good friend Professor Tuting Hernandez and I traveled to Finland to do a 90-minute symposium presentation for the Narrative Inquiry in Music Education held at the Sibelius Academy.
Our entire presentation focused on an incisive analysis of Cynthia Alexander’s music. Cynthia is one of the Philippines’ highly-respected and treasured singer-songwriters. She is now based in Seattle USA, and one of her songs “Comfort in your Strangeness has just been nominated in the ‘folk/americana’ catagory of the 2013 NWME (Northwest Music Experience) Awards!
This research study is part of our Semantics and Soul in Filipino Music project.
The original plan was to have Cynthia Alexander join us for the presentation. Tuting and I would discuss the academic aspect while Cynthia would do a musical performance.
However, we did not have sufficient funds and institutional support to make this possible. Cynthia was kind enough to create and send us video clips of certain songs that we wanted to highlight during our presentation. And so, I am excited to share a never-before-seen video clip of Cynthia Alexander singing Flowers of Youth, which is originally a poem written by her mother Tita Lacambra-Ayala. Cynthia created the musical score for this beautifully-crafted poem. She filmed this video clip in their home in Seattle. I hope that you enjoy the music, dear friends. (**My apologies as video orientation shows a mirror image erroneously depicting Cynthia as left-handed.**)
Thank you, again, Madam Cynthia for allowing us to share this for GatheringBooks today.
Flowers of Youth
(Poetry by Tita Lacambra Ayala, Music by Cynthia Alexander)
The Flowers of Youth
are growing brown
around your garden
the leaves fall and the buds
grow tight, no longer unfold
Bridges lose their
bearings and rivers
catch them falling
the splintered wood float
like so many boats drifting
Things decay, strength is
forgotten in the face of weakness
loneliness conquers even the
Soon your face will be a small
photograph almost like a stamp
on a very important letter
that I mailed to someone very far away