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27 Apr

To the Light

To the Light

 

Ric S. Bastasa

 

Ric S. Bastasa is a Regional Trial Court Judge in the Philippines. He entered the Jesuit seminary in 1982 and studied Philosophy in Ateneo de Manila University. He completed the course in law from Andres Bonifacio College in 1987. He finds time for poetry despite his hectic trial schedules in the court. He is happily married to Emma Zanoria. The poet dedicates “To the Light” to our desire to go into the light. He explains: “We fail sometimes considering our human frailness, and so to balance our failures with our innate desire for goodness, we finally arrive at a compromise: live our frail humanity but at the same time also struggle for what is divine and perfect. The ‘gray’ shade is that compromise”.

 

To the light

we aim ourselves

away from darkness

we swear

 

But I guess

not too much light

in the same manner

that I do not

have so much of

this darkness

 

To both

we shall be blinded

let us settle

midway

 

to dusk let us toast

this drink

of gray.

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