The Nonagenarian: (6th Canto)

SaigonDeManilaStarred Page By SaigonDeManila, 12th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The sixth part of an epic poetry in progress, inspired by a painting and true-to-life amazing actress who's career span more than 70 years over her celebrated life from 1902 to 1993.

The 6th canto

The original inspiration of this story in progress "epic-poetry" was spotted from the author's friend art work. The painstakingly colored inked drawn was titled "IsangDaan" english translated as One hundred (100). This is the other side of her journey of friendship, sibling love and dedication to celebrate her colorful life.

"all aged and slow"

Fred and I
present and past
peered at the gossamer figure
All shadow and light, glimmering beneath the hedge
its miniature blossoms seeming caught in her hair
mere angelic, cherubic, sprite!
Sista, Sista my voice broke, echoing in the leafy hollow
Look who's here, who's been searching , all aged and slow
and with my spirit hand, an open gesture, I presented my future self, Old Fred!
His face, a picture, I saw in it love and yearning, discernment, disappointment
even hate,
for a man in spite of himself
is able to hate, for then he can know love
Can separate the two.
In his deep veined hands,
I saw the sinews that had struggled
with driven strength to build this life before our eyes,
Fred, my mirror, more than I could imagine, could ignore or surmise.
Ella’s eyes seemed glazed, still wispy but glazed like she was amazed,
and sad I supposed
That there was some kind of closure,
that something was near over!
Old Ella slippered into the glade a little green bottle in her mottled hand
'Little Fred!' She exclaimed, 'Who you got here, wot you doin'? Always up to sumthin’!
And before Old Fred could turn
to face the aged love, he’d lost so young,
through lives war torn
Young Ella seemed to float to meet herself, from past to present, from young to old, from half to whole...

"you waited..."

Then Fred turned his eyes following the young girl he’d spent
his youthful days rebuking, wanting, taunting, playing, loving, missing!
His bright wearied eyes hovered upon some story from out a book...
his hands, my hands, which now fused with his,
threw up their wanting in the air,
for the face he’d hoped
to look upon
so long
gazed ablaze with such tender fervour
drowned into his,‘Blue Eyes” he said,
I said, even though we knew were brown, ‘ You waited’
“I waited, every day wailed frail Ella, Blue Cardigan,
and the Ella of her youth,
who shone like some
Aura all around the crone,
to hold her up,
to give her strength to hold her love within her hands.
Oh! Fred, she laughed in disbelief as the spirits of our youth ran off...dispersed!
Along the pier, the sand, the sun and sea
where all youth lives eternally!

I crept from beneath the camellias,
Twigs tangled in my hair.
Brother proud as a puppy
With what he had dropped at my feet.
I stared down the interloper.
A contest sparked between us.
I glanced at my brother,
Then back at Mr. Dandy Man.
Who would hold the conquest
Of my brothers attention.
Old Granny sat there laughing
A sideways snicker.
Looking right at us
While the butterflies landed
All at her feet.


Saigon De Manila in collaboration with co-artist Karen Newell , Maria Disley

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90S, Biography, Butterfly, Centenarian, Classic, Epic Poetry, Epic Stories, Life Changes, Life Journey, Life Story

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Dear friends and foes: I am a teacher, a poet, an artist, self-published author on art & poetry, CSN Life Skill coach and an international marketer.

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author avatar viewgreen
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Wonderful poem and it's very well describes. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
13th Feb 2015 (#)

You are welcome and your comment is truly appreciated!

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author avatar Shamarie
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Awesome work, Saigon!!!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for the kind words Sharmaine..there are still about 12 Cantos on this epic which already half way through.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Feb 2015 (#)

Amazing work. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
16th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for appreciating many of my articles Kingwell!

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