A few weeks ago, we welcomed Nerisa del Carmen Guevara as our Featured Poet in GatheringBooks for our current bimonthly theme.


We are very privileged to share a few of her selected poems and photographs for Poetry Friday.

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Our host this week is Carol’s Corner.

Ashes by Nerisa Guevara

From Reaching Destination, 2004


Your bones are

Finer than soft

Softer than the blades of grass

Touching you now.

Touching you now

Is like touching the sand

And the air with it

And water on the shore.

You are one with

The ground you jumped off from.

You are where things


Like in the myths,

You are a princess that will become

The firm face of fruit,

Flower’s white mouth.

The heavy dew

Will cling to you

In the morning.

If you wish to know more about Nerisa, click here to be taken to her blog.
About the Poet: Nerisa del Carmen Guevara finished her M.A. in English Studies Creative Writing at University of the Philippines (U.P.), Diliman. She has attended the Dumaguete, Iligan, U.P. Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST CCWS and UST CCWLS Creative Writing Workshops in her capacity as Junior Associate (UST CCWS 2003-2006) and Resident Fellow for Poetry (UST CCWLS 2010-2013). She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999 and a Silver Cup Award for Dance Solo in the 2004 April Spring Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters where she has been running the Poetry Workshop called The Baguio Soul Project: Journey into the Self Through Words these past eleven years.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Ashes by Nerisa Guevara

  1. Thank you for introducing me to a new poet!


  2. This poet seems like someone we should find out more about, Myra. That 2nd poem is quite a love poem. Thank you!


  3. Oh, yes, and I need to circle back here and catch up on recent posts! This was just a lovely offering today – thank you. Such sparse and yet sensual writing – gorgeous.


  4. I love these lines: “Like in the myths/You are a princess that will become/The firm face of fruit/Flower’s white mouth.” They seem to be wistful and hopeful at the same time. Thank you for sharing!


  5. The second poem caught me. “You are where things grow” — yes! What if we approached one another always with that thought?


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