‘Silence’ by Gonzalinho da Costa

Silence by Gonzalinho da Costa


I am quieted

when you are near


and I hear you speak

in the mouth of the wind blowing

soft incessant rain


scorpion hiddenly escaping in the grass

sprung branch suddenly letting go of fruit

rasping of iron on stone


transforming in prickly sunshine

and chill moonlight


when I delicately understand


your inner heart.

English translation by Joseph I. B. Gonzales (Pen Name: Gonzalinho da Costa), January 25, 2013.

Poet’s Bio: Gonzalinho da Costa is the pen name of Joseph I. B. Gonzales, Ph.D. He teaches Methods of Research in Management, and Managerial Statistics at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Makati City, Philippines. He is a management research and communication consultant, and Managing Director of Technikos Consulting, Inc. A lover of world literature, he has completed three humanities degrees and writes poetry as a hobby.


The above English translation is of the original poem Tahimik by Dr. Brion (reprinted with permission from the author). The original version is given below-

TAHIMIK by Rofel G. Brion 

Source: Antig, Issue No. 14 (December 2012), Philippines: Center for Ignatian Spirituality, p. 12. 

Mananahimik ako

nang makapiling kita


at marinig ang iyong salita

sa hihip ng hangin

tikatik ng ulan


talilis ng alakdan sa damo

igkas ng sangang binitiwan ng bunga

ingit ng bakal sa kumikiskis na bato


maging sa hapdi ng sikat ng araw

at lamig ng sinag ng buwan


nang mahiwatigan ko


ang loob mo.

Poet’s Bio: Rofel G. Brion, Ph.D. is professor of interdisciplinary studies, literature, and creative writing at the Ateneo de Manila University. Baka Sakali/Maybe by Chance, his first book of poems, won the Philippine National Book Award in 1981; he has published four more poetry collections since then, the last, Kapag Natagpuan Kita/Once I Find You, in 2013. He has been a fellow at various literature and writing festivals, among them the Berlin International Literature Festival (2005) and the Mildura Writers Festival (2009).

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