by Erlie Lopez

there are thoughts

in a walk among trees

that seek to join

the rustle of the leaves,

and there too are words

that wish to speak

to the echoes

on the hugging breeze.

thoughts and words

these are now breaking free

from walls and doors

to the shade and light.

and they breathe a song

willed to pinch the air

with aches of wounds

that long have dried,

and stir to bloom

unnoticed buds in wait

for a new season

to smile.

how sweet an afternoon

to nudge what remain unsaid

in a necessary, mystic ramble

in open space,

then leave with a hum

in the refreshed heart

of pieces mended whole

human sanctified.

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.