The ocean reminds me of many things in my life, memories with my family and friends on the beach, ​of ​spending countless starry nights on its shores. Most people say ​that ​they envy those who live near the sea, that they have to travel far just to make memories that last. And I take pride ​in the know​ledge​ that even if we're not wealthy, we can experience the sea whenever we want to​. Even when I lost so much to the sea, the happy memories with my loved ones outweigh the loss. And that's what I choose to hold on to. 

Waves: Illustration by Desiree Llanos Dee and Lucia Palami[Waves: Illustration by Desiree Llanos Dee and Lucia Palami]


That said, it is an honour for me to share with you this poem I wrote as a tribute to the sea, on #WorldPoetryDay:

She has always adored the sea,
The calming shades of blue in its ebbs soothes her fiery soul.

She has always adored the sea,
How the water touches her skin and tranquility conquers her.

She has always adored the sea,
That even when its colours turned dark and murky,
it never stopped her from admiring what once was a beautiful sight.

She has always adored the sea,
That even when it tried to engulf and drown her,
she still chose to love it as if it never took everything away from her.

---o---

 


Joanna Sustento, is at the forefront of Taclobanons trying to make sense of the Typhoon Haiyan tragedy and lending their voices to the call for climate justice. In 2013 she and her brother Julius lost their immediate family to the super typhoon.