“A wife is sought for her virtue,
the mistress for her value.”
– Chinese proverb
(Miss not this metaphor:
A mistress is a harbor.)
i see the harbor, lights beckon
like fireflies flickering in dark night;
refuge for ships and lonely seafarers;
shelter from the storms.
i (your mariner),
perpetually drawn to
you (my harbor);
eternally seeking your sanctuary
to unload cargo of tears or fears,
to load and stock ropes of hopes
to load and stack reams of dreams
… only to leave you again
to sail once more, in constant journey,
in the high seas of life
i yearn, for a glimpse
of harbor lights!
seaman and layman.
(c) 1999 Chito L. Aguilar