18.04.2021 - Manila, Philippines - Pressenza IPA

Fort Ilocandia, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Photo by Erlie Lopez.






by Erlie Lopez

i love dusks

when the amber of the sky

sends a glow to the heart

and the breeze

whiffs a kiss to the skin.

for then, old songs

play in the mind

wafting memories

sweet and bittersweet

aches creeping

but no longer with sting.


such a time

we so need

to feel and embrace

life whole and one

past not wasted

a bud that has bloomed

pieces put together

in divine design,

then to now

a continuum…


day’s frenzy is over

and sleep will come

but in this hour

of calm and mellow

I first will wallow

without a blush

in what the city brushes off:



sweet reverie.


About the Poet

Erlie Lopez is a Filipina retired from the frenetic world of Public Relations and Advertising in Metro Manila. She was, in the last 18 years, head of a PR agency she co-founded. In her independent and sedate world now, she mostly reads, writes, stays socially connected, soaks in Nature, and develops new interests and skills adapting to the pandemic mode of life. She has also returned to a first love – poetry – which keeps her heart open to the grace and rhythm of the universe.

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