Creativity Challenge 30 – Beautiful

He was a Captain of the Ship from a Spanish lineage, tall, dark and handsome. She was a short, native Filipina, with big brown eyes, flat nose, and long wavy hair. Both young and beautiful, they fell in love and got married. Everything was rosy. They had many children. They called each other “dear” until the end of their lives. He loved reading; he wrote the meaning of some words at the side of the books he read. She was a good business woman. He died of Parkinson’s disease; she followed after 6 months, perhaps from a broken heart… My grandparents’ story.


rest in peace our Jha
we still miss you our angel
our beautiful niece

Jessamine was she
her memories lingered
as if she was here


You could feel it in the air. Look at the apple tree, its blossom arriving like cake frosting with creams. The petals are like silk hearts ready to flutter down as gentle rain. The leaves full of last night’s dew.

People getting ready. One mowing the lawn, the other one picking some flowers. He’s putting his best tie on. She’s putting her make-up on, her dress all ironed. The children all bathed and in their best behaviour. The table elegantly set with crystal glasses and silver cutlery. Bottles of champagne and wine getting chilled. The morning of the big day.


how do I love you?
in many ways
I dreamed what you dreamed

love is powerful and intense
beautiful and messy
it turns me inside out

when we breathe same air
when it’s magical
two hearts become one soul


For: Creativity Challenge 30


  1. I loved every word of this, your grandparents’ beautiful love story, and your so-beautiful niece, too young and beautiful to be gone too soon. Loved your poem which is exactly how love is, turning us inside out. A wonderful read. You have a glorious family!

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