#30DayWritingChallenge: An inanimate object that’s important to me.

Day Five: An inanimate object that’s important to me.

My ex-boyfriend, Rodj, joked about writing something about him for this 30-day writing challenge.

It so happened that I was already planning to write about Geronimo, the sea turtle stuffed toy he gave me after he came back from a vacation in Palawan. This was before we became a couple, but were already sort-of dating.

I also thought of writing the entry as a villanelle; don’t ask me why. I’ve never written that kind of poem before, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try. So here we go.

Villanelle Tungkol sa Isang Laruang Pawikan

Saan na ang susunod, Geronimo,
kapag natapos na? Walang namang napala.
Balik tayo sa simula, Geronimo.

Ikaw ang naisip niyang regalo
para sa lalaking naiwan sa Maynila.
Saan na ang susunod, Geronimo?

Kunwari ay narating din kahit paano
ang dagat. Sa ngayon, ikaw muna.
Balik tayo sa simula, Geronimo.

Nasa isip niya ako kahit sa malayo,
noong bago pa kami nagsimula.
Saan na ang susunod, Geronimo?

Maikling panahon, nahiwalay pareho.
Unawaan na nauwi din sa wala.
Balik tayo sa simula, Geronimo.

Sandaling nilagi; parang ang layo
nang mararating namin sana.
Saan na ang susunod, Geronimo?
Balik tayo sa simula, Geronimo.

A Villanelle About a Toy Sea Turtle

So where do we go next, Geronimo,
once it is over? Nothing was gained.
We begin again, Geronimo.

You were the a gift he thought of giving
for the guy left in Manila.
So where do we go next, Geronimo?

Make believe that somehow
he reached the sea. For now, it’s just you.
We begin again, Geronimo.

I was in his mind even at a distance,
before we even begun.
So where do we go next, Geronimo?

Too soon, we separated.
An understanding that went nowhere.
We begin again, Geronimo.

It spent too soon; we could have
gone far together.
So where do we go next, Geronimo?
We begin again, Geronimo.