My dear friend, Tita Beauty (Dr. Diana Agbayani) gifted me with one of her intriguing books entitled Lila: Mga Tula (violet poems).
She is a skilled poet/writer, as well as a bold and confident femme fatale. I adore her and she’s someone I look up to. Here is one of Tita Beauty’s poetry masterpieces from that book.
na kulay abo
sa pumapalahaw na dalampasigan
ng mga gunitang
Roughly translated from Filipino to English:
1st Stanza — The ash-colored cries are whipping across the roaring seas.
2nd Stanza — Scarring is the bitterness of the memories that cannot be forgotten.
Tita Beauty (Dr. Diana Agbayani) is currently a brilliant communication professor in UP Manila that I was blessed to meet in late 2019. Among her many notable accolades is that she was once a world writer in residence at the Regent College for a book writing program for Asia, Africa and Latin America in spring of 1996.
Dr. Diana Agbayani
Interested in creative expressions like this? I wrote a free verse poem of my own… actually, more like something I just lifted from my private diary, to be honest. I’ve a long way to go compared to a masterful, veteran writer like Tita Beauty, but check it out and let us know how you feel: read the Queen’s Road.
Grab a copy!
To get your hands on the book Lila: Mga Tula, inquire with their publisher Librong Lira.
Mabuhay ang panitikang Pilipino! 🙂