(6 September 1916 - 1 August 2002 / Santa Cruz, Manila / Philippines)

Prayer

Close all open things, Lord.
Open all closed things.

All those who have long received, let them give.
All those who have long given, let them receive.
All those too long apart, let them come together.
All those too long together, sunder them.

Let the wise be fools for once, Lord,
And let the fools speak their minds.
Affirm the long-denied, Lord.
Fulfill the unfulfilled.

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A rare poem that begins and ends so well, and never waver once in the middle. Frankly I never had the opportunity to read your poems before.
A beautiful prayer appealing Lord to fulfill all that is unfulfilled.
A powerful write/ prayer from one of the greatest Poets of the Philippines. So wonderfully and brilliantly written.
A superb prayer, taking the devotee on sublimated elevation.
Amen! Francisco Arcellana
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