Several weeks ago, I got a call from two of my former students. Their dad died suddenly catching everyone by surprise. They flew in from Cebu early morning. I met them at the hospital and was there during the whole ordeal.

This was what I wrote while all this was happening. I’ve always had some difficulty in front of pain and suffering. This was my way of expressing the frustration as well as the respect that I feel every time I face death.

by Eric Santillan

Words pale
Hearts cry
Spirits wane
Questions try
To shield from pain
To make sense
To find, to hold,
To be the one
To understand

To let it slide
To let it go
To let you go

To accept
To go to hell and back again
To be release
To find surcease

To be the one
To understand

But you can’t. Just can’t.

Questions try
Spirits wane
Hearts cry
Words pale.

For Alvin and Kris

About Eric Santillan

AngPeregrino is Eric Santillan. He is a management consultant for two firms specializing in sustainable business, competitiveness and risk management, cost control and culture management. He is also a writer for The Mindanao Current. At one time or another, he has taught, moderated college organizations, done organizational development work for BPOs, been a Jesuit, mentored people and given retreats.

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