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Some Thoughts from the Philippines

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

"I have no grammatically correct sentences that can adequately portray the feelings, experiences or insights I’ve brought back with me from Calatagan. All I have is awe. Awe for the fishermen who go out to sea early in the morning, awe for the women who go out to the market to sell, awe for the children who constantly carry with them the hospitality and love of their parents and awe for the entire province for their trust and loyalty with one another. "

-Amber Cavarlez, USF

"There was something very peculiar about the energy of Calatagan that reminded me of my father, so I wrote this poem the last day I was there. After having lost my father five years ago, it was refreshing to know that his presence still remained in what I encountered in this very special and sacred place."

I will remember the rain.

I will remember the ways in which it poured down, washing away my tears

and reminding me that my father is still here.

There is something sacred about this place.

My father's spirit dwells with me here.

In the dancing of the tree branches in the wind,

in the gentleness of the ocean waves in the shallow,

in the drops of rain that fall-sometimes light,

sometimes powerfully falling down, fleeting.

In the love that is shared, through the spirit that is Angel.

When I look out at this beauty I imagine myself

seeing through his eyes.

I will remember the rain.

-Jules Peithman, UC Santa Cruz

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