"In Lifelong Echoes"

Embrace dawn's embrace, a sacred tryst anew,
To shape a life where echoes find their voice,
Beyond time's measured march, a dance that's true,
A sonnet spun from purpose, love, and choice.

From roach's fleeting span to worm's gentle grace,
We stand betwixt, aware of numbered days,
Infinite dreams we chase, our hearts embrace,
Through life's labyrinthine paths, myriad ways.

Brief is our sojourn, yet its depths resound,
With hues of purpose and intentions bright,
Each stanza written on existence's ground,
A tapestry of moments woven in light.

Our journey's span a mystery above,
So let us etch it deep with endless love.

About this poem

"In Lifelong Echoes" is a sonnet that urges us to embrace each day as an opportunity to shape a purposeful life, resonating with love and authenticity. It compares our existence to the fleeting lifespans of a cockroach and the grace of an earthworm, emphasizing the brevity of life and the importance of pursuing meaningful dreams. The sonnet illustrates how our journey, though short, can be profound as we navigate life's intricate paths. It encourages us to infuse our days with purpose, love, and light, crafting a tapestry of memorable moments. The poem reflects on the question of life's duration, reminding us to live with boundless love, leaving a lasting echo of our presence. 

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Written on February 05, 2023

Submitted by dansolayao on August 30, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 627
Words 119
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 2


DR. DANILO B. SOLAYAO is a licensed professional teacher who holds a doctorate degree in educational management, three master's degrees in English Language Teaching (ELT), business administration (MBA), public administration (MPA), two bachelor's degrees in Theology and secondary education major in English from the Philippine Normal University, and currently finishing his Bachelor of Laws degree. Dr. Solayao started his teaching career as a high school English teacher and eventually rose from the ranks as a classroom instructor to University Research Director, College Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is an affiliate of various professional organizations, i.e. Vice Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators (PAFTE) – NCR and Chairman, Consortium of Teacher Education Institutions of the South (CoTEIS), former Vice President for Luzon of the Philippine Council of Deans (PCDEB), among others. In recent years, Dr. Solayao served as Director of the University Research and Extension Office, and concurrent Coordinator of the University Curriculum and Instruction Office at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa. At present, he is the Dean of the College of Teacher Education at the same University. Dr. Solayao has received numerous awards and recognition from various academic and professional organizations including his recent citations as 2019 Most Outstanding Employee of the City Government of Muntinlupa and the prestigious “Gawad Sulo” for Eminent Alumni from his alma mater, the Philippine Normal University, for his advocacy in Teacher-Education, among others. His passion for teaching and educating the youth inspired him and his wife to establish a preschool in 2004. Sixteen years after, in 2020, the preschool has grown into a complete basic education institution, the Wellspring of Grace School with Elementary, Junior High School, and Senior High School. His advocacy extends to his being an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner, a Rotarian, and more than anything, a servant leader serving as Associate Pastor of a Christian church in San Pedro, Laguna. On a personal note, Dr. DAN is married to a bicolana, Dr. Ma. CARMEN Dina, an Education Program Supervisor at DepEd Muntinlupa. They are greatly blessed with two lovely boys, PAOLO, a Medical Doctor, and PATRICK, a Software Engineer, whom he all considers as a source of his inspiration. more…


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  • Vixility
    The notes I took on this sonnet seem to agree with your ‘about this poem’ comment:

    “A sonnet whose subject revolves around (and celebrates) the creative prowess of a single span of life, despite its brevity. The poet encourages us to embrace this life we’ve been given and, like any work of art, shape it. There is the hint in the poem that this creation of ours will persist beyond death … a hint I thoroughly agree with.”

    Well done work. Hope to see and read more of your poems in the future.
    LikeReply9 months ago


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