arlan veras payad
CHERRY BLOSSOM LAND AND OTHER POEMS
1. CHERRY BLOSSOM LAND
What shoved to thy shores thy Columbuses,
The warm glen of a newly-found Eden?

In thee what sought conquistadors,
Gold, and glory, and nature bold?

Refuge to those suffused with carpe diem,
Haven to those of Utopia yet still do dream.

Your yesterday’s down-and-outer whither?
Today of riches, here, there, and yonder!

Thy past of burgeoning virtuous piety.
Thy today, vanguard of virginal beauty.
2. SHOGUN WINTER
Allow me winter in your soothing balm,
And rest my spirit in the warm and calm.

Invigorate, renew, rejuvenate.
Sleep on and away my queries of late.

Do let me wake to a much fresher morn,
Cast out, off, and away the past forlorn.

Lead me into the light of your day,
That bright tomorrows glance well I may.

Bring me to the brisk of your noon,
To my heights, depths, breadths, take me soon.

Let me tread cracking leaves of afternoon,
That your soul’s aria, my being may swoon.

Embrace my fears with your auburn sunset,
In affection’s gamble, let my heart bet.

In your wisdom profuse my mind engulf,
That from your cup of knowledge I may quaff.

Befriend with amity, all the while, let me
Your sons, daughters, in genuine affinity.
3. HIGH SPIRITS
Bare your fervor,
Your zesty quest for flavor,
And refresh I may
In pools of peachy Chardonnay.

Oh, let slither
Your liqueur of life a-flicker!
And soothe you, and soothe me,
In white Burgundy.

In the world, my aperitif!
From the seas, my nymph of relief!

Put ablaze my hope’s flambeaux.
Quench my thirst forever so,
O eternal sip of dry Bordeaux!
—Posted 7:37 AM 2/18/14 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Arlan Veras Payad is a teacher of English and educational management whose recent researches center on cross-cultural and psycho-social aspects of learning among such respondents as university students in Seoul, South Korea, and high school Aeta students in the mountains of Pampanga. In his rendezvous with the quill, Arlan intends to trace the movements of the Tao in people’s route to success and well-being. In doing so, he is wont to occasionally exhibit the black humor folks use to cope with the Fates’ seemingly indifferent machinations.
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