Gerson Garcia Poem: “Bells and Women”

by Jan Geronimo on August 28, 2009

Bells and Women

Ah, women singing like
blood-breasted robins!
Mine and Xoxe’s Muses, and
I love them as I love the poet.

But I love them more when
naked as the afternoon sky,
with their golden bells singing:
swinging in her fertile belfry.

Oh no, not only one to behold
Though not many.
But two bare lovable breasts,
that moisten my dry lips with manness.

Lovable twin breasts of milk,
pregnant bells of Eve – of
invaluable treasures, as gold her
golden-tanned skin.

Infantile ignorance and dependence,
I love to suck those bells of gold,
nourishing me persuasive graces, they
hid under heaven’s cloak.

Now unearthed, disrobed before mortal eyes!
A spring rushing forth from the twin
virgin passage of the Queen

Spring Adam in confounding silence hid;
for golden bells gifted he has not been,
nor fertile and perfect twin milk-springs.

Ah, my lovely Eve,
my immortal Magdalene,
your breasts, those perfectly golden bells,
is my spring of eternal poetry.

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About the AuthorGerson Garcia also known as Elmot writes commentaries on socio-political issues and blogging at Pinoy Sounding Board in his signature breezy, irreverent writing style.  There’s no disconnect between his online persona and real self as his blogging buddies found out in a recent blog meet up.  Gerson is as good as advertised – a true gentleman belying his youthful good looks.  You can also find Gerson holding court in Twitter as  @elmot when he’s not mocking politicians and celebrities in his blog.

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    actually i have been writing poems even before blogging.

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    oo nga e, is it the sign of the times? hehe...

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    The problem Jan is that I am not as eloquent as Elmot, and my imagery my be to 'uncomfortable' for your more conservative readers... hahaha!

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    Don't taunt me Jan... you know I might do it hehe...

  • If you're hesitant to publish it on your own blog, you're welcome here.
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  • Dark side? hahahha! Of course not bro, this is just part of me, who loves to write poems, that is very sensual...actually I have almost 100 of them, a volume of this kind of poems! And could that be called the Songs of Elmot? Hahhaha! I

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    Brilliant Elmot, I didn't realize that your baby face hides so much sensuous passion from within. The poem flows so beautifully and unerringly.

    Next project, poetry book by the Jedi bloggers...he he he.
  • Thanks Mam Jena. I was all nervous sending Jan a copy of this poem, coz as I know him, he keeps really a very high standard of decency here on his "famous" blog, eheheh!

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  • Hahahah! Thanks bro!

    You got it right Novz, I am not really trying to imitate Pablo Neruda and his love poems, his is immortal!

    But he is one source of my inspiration on my poetry...this poem is nothing compared to Neruda's very sensuous love poems.

    I hope I am not making Jan's blog kinda some porn site,w ahahah!
  • Hahahah! Thanks bro!

    You got it right Novz, I am not really trying to imitate Pablo Neruda and his love poems, his is immortal!

    But he is one source of my inspiration on my poetry...this poem is nothing compared to Neruda's very sensuous love poems.

    I hope I am not making Jan's blog kinda some porn site,w ahahah!
  • Not quite...but it certainly erotic. Took me by surprise, Elmot! My, my, my...
  • Hahahah! I hope my spiritual director Roy, was not at all surprised...
  • I almost consulted you on this poem, Holly. It made me sweat. But when in
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  • Bro looks up to Neruda and Garcia Villa. Ahehehe. Thanks, Novz. ",)
  • Before I even have known and fell in love with Neruda's poem, I was already a big fan of Jose Garcia Villa or Xoxe, who wrote some of the greatest filipino love poems, and take note, very sensuous poems in a time when the country was still very conservative.

    Reading his poems seems like going through a creative porn, wahahah! If there is such thing? LOL
  • Songs of Elmot is not a bad sounding name at all for a collection of your
    poetry or a book. Give it a serious thought, bro. ",)
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