Bliss Cua Lim teaches at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. “Song for Unrequited Love” is taken from her latest collection of poems, “Poems From Two Places”. What really intrigues me about this poem is that it is a tad bit more poignant than the usual prose. Though the imageries can be quite vague at first glance, personally, I felt the overall ardor exuded by the poem.
Song for Unrequited Love
Bliss Cua Lim
You turn towards me and your face fills the frame.
All spaces and moments collapse in these eyes, this smile,
the sudden rush of tenderness that seizes me.
I long to nourish you like the night.
I want to watch over your strength as you slumber,
and tend the sinews of your softness.
If only it were possible,
I would woo you without compunction,
and when I won you, would
cherish you as shadows do that shelter
the wounded, exquisite lineaments of the moon:
with the grateful ardor of lovers who know
contingent evenings cede to the obtrusive dawn.
(Source: Cua Lim, Bliss. Poems From Two Places. Pasig City:Anvil Publishing Inc. 1995.)