Our lives revolve around the deep world of poetry. From song lyrics to simply looking into another set of eyes, there are many indications that the whole aspect of human nature is supported and enclosed with poetry being its spine.
Lest we forget the poetry that we know–the mellifluous string of words that can capture our hearts despite us not knowing every dimension to it.
Meet Queenie Marie, an upcoming Grade 11 student from the Philippines who dedicates her time writing poems and short stories, reading books, and listening to music. In a list below are some of the poems that she has written.
Queenie Marie describes “Until” as an “inspiration that entered [her] head at 2 AM.” The poem talks about how selflessly someone–an infatuated someone–could wait until they find their wish to come true. Possibly, that ‘wish’ could be describing someone that the subject of the poem wishes to pursue.
I’ll dance to the rain
Until it stops
I’ll hum a lullaby
Until I fall asleep
I’ll wish upon a star
Until it comes true
I’ll follow my heart
Until I find you
The whole body of “You” utilizes the power of semicolons to give meaning to the word “you.” The poem entails a short story of “someone’s fantasy of someone they wish to have” and opens up a first person perspective on their thoughts and feelings towards that ‘someone.’ “Picturing someone in your head to be perfect may end up having your heart broken in the process since fantasy is different from reality. “
You; a beautiful lyrics to my melody
You; a rainbow after the rain
You; a blanket on a cold night
You; a beautiful fairy tale
You; a reality that couldn’t be mine
The poem uses the actual flower it was named after to capture the similarities between a poppy and a broken-hearted person. The idea for ‘Poppies’ came about Queenie Marie as she was reading about flowers and wanted to incorporate it into the comparison between nature and human nature. “Poppy means consolation for loss and [she] wrote a poem that is on a close scale of being dark.”
Fragile as a poppy.
I hope to take away your pain.
You became an addiction
That always keep me sane.
Poet Queenie Marie compiles all the stories she’s heard from her friends’ unrequited love and compresses them into one heartbreaking poem. Music Box tells the story of the infamous ballerina in a childhood’s music box and her one-sided relationship with her ‘admirer.’
I wasn’t complete.
Without the ballerina
Dancing to the beat
Of my pounding heart
But she wasn’t dancing for me.
I was only her music
And she is dancing for someone else.
The punctuation is already a poem itself, and making a poem about it is just broadening. A semicolon symbolizes the determination that a person has to move on to a life worth living despite the many struggles they encounter. Queenie Marie wrote ‘Semicolon’ to further dissect her perspective on the infamous punctuation, and hopefully capture the hearts of those who feel the same.
Our love and punctuation marks.
Would be a period if everything goes wrong?
Or would we be a comma and just pause for awhile?
Perhaps an ellipsis, and the two of us would only have a trailing thought.
Or maybe, just maybe
We could be a semicolon, that we choose to hold on
No matter how hard it is.
‘The Pianist’ depicts the heartbreaking part that everyone has and will experience, time and time again–letting go. The poem by Queenie compares the end of a relationship to a pianist composing a song; one can infer that it is a love song. The pianist counts down to each count in a beat and voices out their heartbreaking story through melodic tunes.
4 beats to make a note.
And these are the beats that are stuck in my throat.
How can I cry? When people always pry?
Staring at the ceiling. I wonder about my feelings.
And as I lay in my bed, thoughts run into my head.
One thing I know is that you deserve better.
I didn’t mean to be your sad melody. Now go find a better piece.
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