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Poem with a Promise

So, for the past few weeks, the Philippines (well, the Visayan group of Islands, particularly Leyte and its neighbors) has been feeling the love from the rest of the world after it was battered by the monster typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). I though I’d give in other ways besides financial assistance, so I used my points in to start a poetry contest for its users to come up with inspirational words for the survivors and the affected.

Though I wasn’t able to get many entries (A total of 8 users posted), I think the project was successful as it brought out the best of others’ work with the aim of bringing the hopes and spirits of the victims back up to sunshine-level.

Let me share with you the poem to which I gave the gold medal, “The Aftermath” by Susan Elizabeth:

Predictions couldn’t grasp the typhoon’s wrath
as  surging seas and devastating wind
obliterated all within its path
beyond what human minds can comprehend.

What words are there to soothe the loss you feel
for loved ones gone and homes and crops and land?
At first you can’t conceive it’s even real.
Your grief is like a suffocating band

that takes your breath and brings you to your knees.
Humanitarian aid is on the way.
The people of the world do hear your pleas
and God does hear you every time you pray.

Find strength in helping others to survive
and soon you’ll know you’re glad to be alive.

I like the motherly appeal it has, much the same as when mothers would talk to their own toddlers after they had tripped and fallen on the ground. With a matter-of-factness about what happened, She gives a strong message of hope and inspiration. 

The last couplet particularly caught my attention, as this could be a bumper sticker, T-shirt or Hallmark Card with its tearjerking text. It is very authoritative in its command to “Find Strength in Helping others to survive”, yet strikes the simple truth that will make your realize the blessing of a new lease on life.

I asked them to post sonnets, so that it would be easier to judge. It is a contest, after all. In hindsight, maybe if I had left the contest in free verse, more people would have entered. In fact there was one who submitted in free verse and said “I Just want to pay my respects to the families out there”.


For the complete list of entries, go to

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4 comments on “Poem with a Promise

  1. Heroes of Yolanda
    November 28, 2013

    Inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing.

    • thepeeword
      November 28, 2013

      Thank you for reblogging. And I sent the blogpost to the author of the poem, so that she can read your comment (and anyone else’s from now on). Money can only go so far, but priceless poems like these last a lifetime, sometimes longer.

  2. Heroes of Yolanda
    November 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on Heroes of Yolanda.

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