Despedida Party Tonight

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

And she asked me never to go out after seven.
And I asked why.
She said,"I've arranged a despedida party
for you tonight."
And I exclaimed, "Oh,uha... So who are the people you have invited?" I said so much surprised.
She said, "They are our friends in church, your relatives in town and your former students in life."
"Why do you do it?" I asked.
She said, "We have to celebrate your visit
We will not cry when you say goodbye but we
should together enjoy life".
I simply smiled.
And one by one they came to this auditorium
Music is played and the tables are set
Food of different colours are slowly brought in
And I wonder how long
this evening will last.
Bless be this circle of friendship and love!
_________
Pedrita Malalay, my adapted sister into the family, arranged this despedida party, the eve before my trip back to Denmark, after a three-week holiday in the Philippines.


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