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Is It The Kingfisher?
Transcript of Is It The Kingfisher?
With you today: basic and blue
As the sea that softens our feet with salt
And brings the living wave to our mouths
Playing with sounds of a primary language.
“God is blue,” sang the poet Juan Ramon Jimenez,
drunk with desiring, his hair, eyebrows,
eyelashes turned blue as the kingfisher’s wings. It is this bird that greets us as we come
Round the eastern bend of this island;
Tells us the hairbreadth boundary between us
Is transient in the air, permeable to the blue
Of tropic skies and mountain gentian.
Where we sit on this rock covered with seaweeds,
I suddenly feel the blueness embrace us,
This rock, this island, this changed air,
The distance between us and the Self
We have longed to be. A bolt of burning blue
Lights in my brain, gives the answer
We’ve pursued this whole day: Seawaves sing it, the kingfisher flies in it,
This island is rooted in it. Desiring
God is transparent blue – the color
Which makes our souls visible. - was born on September 21, 1953 in Maribojoc, Bohol.
- writes in two languages: English and Cebuano- Visayan
- a Filipina Feminist poet.
- was from a family of teachers that most of the time speaks in English. -Serene
-Dreamy First person point of view
Talks to the audience as though
he/she is a companion in the poem. We continuously search for God. It seems like God is not with us, because we don't see him, nor feel him physically. But everything we have now, everything we see, feel.. are temporary. But God, even if we do not see, hear, smell, feel Him, He is permanent and He is everywhere. The first few lines of the poem relate how Marjorie Evasco sees through the creation of God; how she appreciates His creations. She describes this place as peaceful and relaxingly comfortable figure. She pertained God as Blue, in psychology the color blue symbolizes trust, peace and warmth that can bring our body to a calming sensation. She must be using this color to emphasize how she feels towards the beauty of the sight. There was a strong sense of blueness the way she said burning blue. That peace and warmth was eating or containing her personal sense just being in that place. And that feeling brought her inner peace, surely she was enlightened, a few doubts were answered. Blue was everywhere and it gave her inner peace, which can give visibility or awareness we could never find when troubled. With her title, she must have thought that maybe the kingfisher was God, the way it is colored blue and the way it gave her enlightenment. It is a personification. The poem is somehow a religious type of poem because of the first line that says, “This is how I desire god on this island”. It's all about appreciating the beautiful creations of what has god had made for us. And being able to see beyond all these because of her strong faith in god.
It’s as if Marjorie Evasco is walking along the beach somewhere with her love as she was describing how it is like desiring god along the island beach. She assumed that every blue color signifies or illustrates god maybe because the color blue also symbolyzes peace, truth, youth, spirituality which are the qualities that she posseses in the setting. A Presentation by:
Nicole Magbag Awards:
- Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards
- National Book Awards from the Manila Critic's Circle, Arinday (Siliman University), Gintong Aklat (Book Development Association of the Philippines) and Philippine Free Press Prize winning poetry books:
- Dreamweavers: Selected Poems 1976-1986
- Ochre Tones: Poems in English and Cebuano (1999) Subject Paradise
God Theme -Serendipity
-Serenity Figures of Speech Simile~ Eyelashes turned blue as the kingfisher's wings. Metaphor~ God is blue. Personification~ Blueness embrace us. ~ Is it this bird that greets us. Analysis The first thing I noticed was that the setting of the
poem seemed very dreamlike. It talked about the salty seas
tropic skies and mountain gentian; all of them in a supposed island
and with a kingfisher to boot. These are just general observations
though and I felt that instead of an island, a bird and whatnot, the
hidden image behind it was God. "God is blue" is probably what
I found to be most relative to the poem because blue can mean so many
things. It can be the beauty we see on the kingfisher's wings,
it could be the softness of the sea, and it could also be the necessity
that is oxygen. It can be one thing yet it can be everything. I think
that the poet felt that way about God because of her faith. To her, believing in God is something eye-opening. It is a revelation of what we already know. Analysis Analysis It seems for me that the subject/character in the poem is hoping to find peace within himself. He was hoping to find heaven on earth. Analysis the first part describes the feeling of desiring something out of reach by comparing the thing desired directly to something that is unattainable as "god"
"this is how I desire god on this island"
As the poem progresses it shows the persona's real desire... that is unattainable... which is the thing that the persona wishes to be the most...
But before that the persona describes the thing he/she wants the most to be near and within reach yet it's something that cannot be easily attained despite it being near... so it turns out that it's not something that is entirely unattainable...
THEN the last part actually says what the persona actually wants most "The distance between us and the Self
We have longed to be"
-self we have long to be- Analysis