Verses of paeans twined around my neck
as the arrow of Eros knocked
profound emotions, passion out of the depths,
beyond bounds of men.
Of all the most bewitching chants and spells,
her song is an ethereal flame,
more than the sweetest lays of Philomel
wonderful to behold!
Essence of new being in siren’s song
as the azure cloth of the skies
unveils the rich tapestries of time
the grandeur of heart.
April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014). Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in the US, Canada, Romania, India, Japan, UK and the Philippines. Her poems are translated in Crimean, Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in The Siren, Poetica, Metric Conversions, Ani, The Manila Times and Contemporary Verse 2, to name a few. Her poem "E-Martial Law" was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/kpfa.org. She is a member of Poetic Genius Society. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.