Elizabeth Padillo Olesen
Father’s Legacy - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen
He was my Pa, I used to call him.
Everyday this was the word
He would often tell me:
“Never keep your anger
beyond the setting of the sun.”
In his own Cebuano language
He would recite these words:
sa adlaw ang imong kasuko, ”
while looking at my young eyes.
To my ears as a small child
his words were soft and tender;
few words in a sentence and
never did I realize that his words
point to life’s great principle.
Never go to bed with anger,
hostility, revenge and hate;
Clean the heart from all anger
before the sun sets down
and enliven that capacity to forgive.
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