Sonya Florentino

(Manila, Philippines (residing NYC))

# # Bastard Son's Story


I stand before you Father,
but you refuse to see
Oh dear Father, have I fallen from the tree
of your good grace, our last embrace
now a memory
Oh Father, have you forgotten me

I kneel before you Father
But you do not feel
Oh dear Father, have you forsaken me
I am your flesh and blood
Dear Father, look at me!
I am your ill-begotten history

© 2009 Sonya Florentino

Submitted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Edited: Sunday, January 03, 2010

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  • Alison Cassidy (11/8/2009 3:30:00 PM)

    This is a fascinating poem with a myriad of possible interpretations - from a personal (familial?) expression of existential guilt, to a more metaphorical comment about man's destruction of the world and all its riches. Your internal rhymes are most appealing and the whole piece has a biblical flavor which works superbly. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Lorenzo Costigliolo (11/5/2009 11:41:00 AM)

    ... as history, so also the progeny? Interesting plea for clarification to rationalize? or have explicated? Hmmm. Interesting possibilities. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (10/31/2009 9:25:00 PM)

    Sonya, this brilliant pithy poem says so much...it can be viewed in several ways..a simple plea, a cynical view or just a tale as its title suggests...but in all cases it touches a chord with the reader...Thanks 10++++++++from me. (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (10/30/2009 3:56:00 AM)

    wow is the word, how you have tackled a sensitive matter. Wonderful poem Sonya.... strong questions asked ' HAVE I FALLEN FROM TREE '...I liked it (Report) Reply

  • Susan Jarvis (10/28/2009 12:24:00 PM)

    From the blatant title to the powerful closing line, this poem grabs the reader's full attention and then steals their heart! S :) (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (10/28/2009 1:37:00 AM)

    Utterly appealing Sonya - - an experience to read and full marks for the last line - - it is inspired. 10 + + + Fay (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (10/27/2009 7:33:00 PM)

    Wow wow wow. 'I am your ill-begotten history'. What a genius line, and
    the poem around it was not constructed to accomodate that one line
    but leads us through impeccable thoughts to the very last line, which
    is like a flash of lightning before we yet suspected there could be a storm.
    Into the favorites this goes, before the loud Boom arrives..(smile) (Report) Reply

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