Justine Camacho Tajonera

Rookie (Jan.23,1975 / Cebu City)

I Have Met Rome - Poem by Justine Camacho Tajonera

I have met Rome both as beggar
on the street
and king on the throne,
as old man fumbling with words
and young, fearless man
with golden hair and
jubilant voice.

I have met myself in Rome
as woman without
a language,
at a loss for words when,
gripped with emotion
and tears going down
my face at the
sight of the Pope,
I realized that no one
translated his words
into any Asian language
despite a hoard
of Japanese pilgrims.

I have met myself as Rome,
victor and defeated,
slave and conqueror.

December 3,2003

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  • (2/10/2005 8:31:00 AM)

    It was very moving and descriptive. Showing the possible controversy in this world. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

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