Poro Point....., that's where to go,.../....Picked and collected half empty, shiny shells,/ abandoned by their unsated occupants / seeking for a better habitat to live in/ and like her...seeking for a place where to grow.---From “Wanderlust” by Perla Patricio, Facebook 09-21-11
That’s where to go when you ache
for a piece of that elusive paradise,
it is a stone’s throw from there
where languid sunsets play tricks
on squinting eyes, a will-0’-the-wisp
laved by ebbtide, a sundown bravura
of rainbows, a Wagnerian grandeur.
Here I am, picking up abandoned
shells. Could their quondam settlers
have required more wiggle space,
find ease where there is nothing
left of free and unbridle growing?
I, too, have bartered for lost dreams
but like Orpheus I looked too closely.
Have I turned around to size up my
trophy coming out of struggles
to recast quotidian days into happy
residues of life and love? Did I lose
what I endlessly return to, where
coming back is also coming home?
I look back for shells that I had lost.
--- Albert B. Casuga
"The Beachcombers" is a prize-winning painting of Perla Patricio which served as a prompt for her poem "Wanderlust", the above poem's prompt. This painting was based on a photo taken by her husband, Franco, in Cannaoay, Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union, the Philippines. (Photo first appeared in Ms. Patricio's Facebook post.)