A Boat Trip to Masbate Island

“Strange fits of passion I have known:
And I will dare to tell,
But in the lover’s ear alone,
What once to me befell.”

– William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

A BOAT TRIP TO MASBATE* ISLAND
(A recollection of a casual but memorable visit
to my father’s birthplace and hometown;
one nostalgic trip to my roots I find significant.)

(prelude) March 27, 2003
a tryst with thirst tried my ire
the trip to isle, not my fire
bored on board she caught my eye
sea turned high when she said, “Hi.”

melt I did when I felt her smiles
wild not mild we plied the miles
our arms entwined, time twirled by
then at the pier we bade goodbye.

(interlude) April to July 2003
“… I will dare to tell, but in the lover’s ear alone.”

– between
hi and bye
is prelude.

– between
bye and hi
is interlude.

(c) 2003 Chito L. Aguilar

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* Masbate is an island province in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is known for its vast cattle ranches, gold mines, manta rays and beautiful women. Every summer, Masbate hosts the famous “Rodeo Filipino”, a major tourism event in the country.

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