The Explanation

March 12, 2010ishabelle

For today, I want to explain the reason behind yesterday’s poem, “Found.” I feel that a lot of people may not really appreciate the poem because the message of the poem was not really laid out in simple words, like what I always do with my other poems.

Wednesday afternoon, while at work, I was listening to this song by the APO Hiking Society called “When I Met You.” For those who are not from the Philippines, I’m sure you don’t know who the APO Hiking Society are. Well, they are a legendary trio here in the Philippines. They have become a big part of Philippine music history. They have popularized, written, and produced some of the best songs that the Philippine music has ever known.

Their song, “When I Met You,” talks about the kind of love that changes a person. The first few lines go like this: “There I was, an empty piece of a shell, just minding my own word without even knowing what love and life were all about.” Then all the emptiness was filled when he found the girl who made all the difference. This is the chorus of the song: “You gave me a reason for my being, and I love what I’m feeling. You gave me a meaning to my life, yes I’ve gone beyond existing. And it all began when I met you.”

It’s a very beautiful song. It does not have just the poetic lyrics, it also has the melody that people can’t help but sing along with. I have loved that song for as long as I can remember. However, I suddenly thought to myself that not all loves happen like that. Some kinds of love start by being hesitant, repressed, even learned. Sometimes, we are not empty shells who are just waiting for the right person to listen to our hidden melody beyond the emtiness. Sometimes, we are the shining star that people can only look up to. Sometimes, we are achievers who are not searching or waiting for love at all. But love still finds its way to us. Sometimes, we do not even realize that we are already in love with somebody until the second that we are torn away from the person.

This is why I had the irrevocable urge to write a poem. I wanted to write a poem about a love the did not make the skies any bluer, the roses any sweeter, the birds any more melodious. I wanted to write a poem about a love that was simple, that never changed anything at all, that never made things better. I wanted to write a poem about a love that was just as simple as love can be.

The poem is about a love that did not make the sun shine any brighter. It was about a love that did not bring any sunshine at all. But during the dark of night, was always there, to hold you close, to keep you warm, to make sure you are safe. It is about a love that did not bring springtime, or any of the beautiful things. But it was a love that was constant and consistent whatever season you may find yourself in. I was about a love that was not new at all. It was not something new. It was a love that was familiar. A love that has always been there for as long as you had knwoledge of the word. It was a poem about a love that did not make two halves whole. It did not bind two people as one heart and one soul. No, these two people still had their own heart and soul, but they had the heart and sould that existed only for each other. Basically, I wrote a poem about a love that was not shiny, new, and beautiful. It was a love that was simple, familiar, and unchanging.

Comments (21)

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    March 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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  • brian miller

    March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    and sometimes simple, familiar and unchanging is the best…smiles.

    1. ishabelle

      March 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      yup… 😀 which is why i like the subtle, silent kind… 🙂

  • wordwand

    March 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    now, this explanation makes your poem more beautiful.I think that you’ve opted for an original way to handle the theme of love , and that’s creation , you handle a topic from a different perspective.I love that.

    1. ishabelle

      March 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      thanks much, wordwand… comments like yours are very encouraging… 🙂

  • deanjbaker

    March 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    original, relevant, and well said

    1. ishabelle

      March 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      thank you, dean… 🙂 hearing that from a successfull writer like you is very flattering…

  • Ji

    March 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    thank you for the backup, Happy Friday!

    1. ishabelle

      March 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      thanks too…. 🙂 hehehe…

  • PoetTraveler

    March 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    ishabelle, you write beautifully. Your verses flow in simple narrative that spells out your feelings of love.. and they talk of love in the pure sense, a love that exists and is shared by he who is part of this love. It’s a beautiful poem and although there are many beautiful and ideal poems about the joy and wonder of pure love and the intrinsic precious value it holds, your poem is free from hyperbole and long declamations. It is as if you sat down, took the pen and then let your heart do the talking. As a poet myself I believe this is often the best and most natural way to compose a poem about love. It needs no angst, it needs no effort, it simply needs the heart to say what the heart feels… and this you have done exquisitely and very eloquently here in your poem. I enjoyed reading it so very much.
    I will be back. I must publicly admit that I have been so busy in my short time in WP trying to post as much poetry from my portfolio, as well as compose new stuff, that I have not gone around very much to other blogs. I am ashamed of myself for my laxity and will do better. I love to encourage poets and the art of poetry and writing is very precious and dear to me, whether it is from me or by any other writer/poetry. I can see that you are an amazing writer, your narrative is lucid and comprehensive and illustrative and informative and it is enriching to read what you say.

    I am hooked! 🙂 – Salamat! ishabelle

    1. ishabelle

      March 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

      i am very falttered by your comments, John… thank you so much… 🙂

      1. PoetTraveler

        March 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

        I’m flattered and honored by your thanks ishabelle.
        and glad you like the subtle and silent kind:)

        but …errr.. yes I realise that comment was not to me 😉

        Hope we can stay in touch dear ishabelle.


    1. ishabelle

      March 13, 2010 at 12:02 am

      thank you again, Jingle… u give us so many things, u know…. 🙂

  • william

    March 13, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I totally understood your poem and what it was about, been writing for many years and can sort of figure these things out, however thanks for explaining 🙂

    1. ishabelle

      March 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

      thanks much, william… i just feel like i had to explain it… i also have friends who read my poems and they are not poets at all, so they might have a hard time deciphering what the poem is about… but i am sure that to poets (especially good ones like you) need no explaining… 🙂

  • Ji

    March 13, 2010 at 4:41 am

    1. ishabelle

      March 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      thank you so much, Jingle… 🙂

  • justmeshakira

    March 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

    My dearest Ishabelle

    I am humbly inviting you and your friends to join me in a new meme that I have just created called,
    W33K3ND FUNNI3S!

    Please join me at W33K3ND FUNNI3S-THE CONFUSED CHINESE

    Your friendship and participation is highly appreciated.


    1. ishabelle

      March 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      oh, sure, shakira… 🙂

  • patrice berry

    March 14, 2010 at 2:01 am

    i appreciate your openness – i’ll be back…

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