I remember writing this for Father Roque Ferriols, my Philosophy professor who is known as the Father of Filipino Philosophy. I gave this to him during our oral exams. And we talked about this poem instead of talking about the thesis statements.

I had written it in a fit of inspiration while watching a moth fly near candles I had lighted to bring some scent and ambience to my room. I remembered Socrates. I remembered Fr. Ferriols. And I remembered myself.

eric santillan

Hinintay kita.
Nasa harap natin ang
Nakakahalinang ilaw,
Nagbabagang liwanag

Alam naman natin
Ang mangyayari–
Marami nang nakapagsabing
Huwag lumapit
Sa bango-init-liwanag.

Ngunit nandito pa rin tayo.

Palapit nang palapit.

Ewan ko ba
Kung udyok ito ng loob o imbita ng apoy.

Walang pasubaling
Lumipad ka sa huling pagkakataon.
Tungo sa liwanag

Hindi ka man lang lumingon
At nagpaalam.

For Padre Roque Ferriols

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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