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Tanglaw -- Light

Sometimes, I cannot help but sigh
and wonder--
wonder deep inside of me 
whether I could ever be like you.

I riffle through the pages of my soul
and find a lot of them empty
Unlike yours, which seem to be bursting, blinding,
bursting, and still continuing to burst with brilliance...

So much so, 
that your soul's light
has spread far and wide,
very much like sunlight's fingers
opening the morning sky curtains,
touching and warming
those who need it.

Each step that you take,
each breath that you exhale,
each prayer that you whisper,
each beat of your heart

I receive a smile,
and chat
with that man
who you've helped change...
Because of you,
the silent man now speaks, smiles.

You sit down to rest,
I see you talking to someone,
and I am almost fooled,
since you seem like old friends.
Because of you,
the lonely strangers become kindred.

It mystifies me sometimes,
of how you never seem to get tired.
It seems like I am the one who gets tired for you,
who gets worried for your own strength...
Then I see that glow from all around, 
and I am reminded how you glean from this glow.

I see you as this beautiful ball of energy--
Never static,
bouncing from soul to soul,
illuminating parts of themselves
that even they never knew existed.

It is so amazing seeing this at work,
since the next thing I know,
the place is lit up,
...and it is all because of you.

It makes me feel unworthy at times,
but oh how it also makes me feel so proud,
that I am a part of you,
and you are a part of me.

I have a lot of catching up to do,
since it seems I am lightyears from where you are

But I will try.
I will catch the tail end of your light,
clutch to it with my life, winding it around me,
let it embrace me--tight, so tight.
And I will never let it go. Never.
Until I also begin to glow.
Until I too, become that ball of light.

Hopefully when someone
riffles through the pages of my soul,
they will not find it blank,
but filled with gilt pages of light.

Just like yours.
Bursting and brilliant just like yours.

Tanglaw is pronounced "tang-lao"

Where I live, mothers are said to be the "light of the home"... 

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  1. Date: 10/19/2012 4:56:00 PM
    A mega big congratulations on your win,Nikko.An outstanding masterpiece you have written here,incredible emotional.Have a souper duper peaceful and blessed weekend my friend:) Hugs and lots of love to you~Arild

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 9:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win. Awesome write.

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:57:00 PM
    Nikko,, Congratulations in Debbie's " Let's Get Serious " awesome contest. ~ :-) always a pleasure in reading all winners when I get the chance. super xox's from~ PD

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 3:46:00 AM
    Dear Nikko, I am reading through my tears at the beauty of a soul who can write with such passion and love to have created this Masterpiece honoring your mother. What a wonderful woman she must be to have raised a blessed daughter as you are. I hope you put this as your first entry in a poetry book you are destined to write one day, and I hope your mother is still with you to know how important she is to you.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 3:45:00 AM
    Cont'd. Your talent is like a shooting star that sprinkles star dust over all of us, inspiring us to want to write like you. Much Love and Blessings and Congratulations on your truly deserving First place win.

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 7:10:00 PM
    oh, Nikko, you do glow! Congratulations on your big win in Debbie's contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 7:28:00 AM
    I had to reread this one this morning, Niks...It brings tears to my eyes that u have such an emotional attachment with your mother. She is a survivor and a warrior with all that she has been thru over the past year or so..It makes me well up with emotion that God blessed my friend with a mother so dear...Tell her your friend says hello...I doubt very much that u could stand at her side and read this with a dry eye...I could read it to her for you though...all my best to u, gwendolen

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    Date: 9/12/2012 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    loved syd"s remarks below...
  1. Date: 9/11/2012 10:28:00 PM
    a brilliant write Nikko, big congrats! cheryl...

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 1:22:00 AM
    love the way you used our tanglaw to express your warm motherly thoughts, good to see you again.... sobrang busy ba?.. big congats with hugggs!

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 8:45:00 PM
    wowowowow. If I did not say it before, BIG congrats on this well deserved win.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 2:38:00 PM
    Congrats Nikko, this is an outstanding poem, that speaks volumes, your in the light right where you belong, hug vie

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 11:18:00 AM
    congratulations Nikko

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:24:00 AM
    congrats! super duper poem

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in this contest "Let's Get Serious" Nikko. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:38:00 PM
    Oh wow, Nikkko........superb!! I have missed so much poetry on the Soup...have been taking a long break this summer, and when I decided to check in today to find this poem.......I was sooo glad to see it was yours!! (I'm so sorry I haven't been in touch much...but I won't forget you...I promise!) You are still one of my favorites...and a talented poet!! Hooray for you!

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 10:32:00 AM
    Fantastic!Wonderful piece,Nikko.Congratulations on your superb win...

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 8:45:00 AM
    Wow hi nikko big congratulations for your fantastic win, still missing you here xx

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 8:04:00 AM
    excellent write!! and congratulations on your big win!! Mabuhay!!

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 6:20:00 AM
    Amazing write Nikko! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:19:00 PM
    Very nice poem, so different and haunting almost. Congratulations on your first place win. Lee