Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Child of Peace


Occasionally, I will break from tradition by doing something other than write a story; as I did when I posted "Pork Stew Ala Pacham," a pseudo-recipe.  This time, I share a song the lyrics of which I wrote but which was interpreted with melody by composers and my colleagues Alice Botardo and Raquel Tapalla.

The lyrics of the song are actually excerpts from a lengthy poem I wrote for the graduation souvenir program of our High School Class of 1999.  Because the new millennium was just around the corner, and we were leaving behind the tumultuous twentieth century, I thought it but appropriate to write a poem hoping for peace.  The poem, and consequently the song, was thus entitled "Child of Peace."

The song as you hear it on the embedded Youtube video was performed and recorded in 1999 by Alicia Botardo and Raquel Tapalla.  Here are the lyrics:



Child of Peace

and here I stand
at the brink
I look behind
and what I see
are dying embers of
wars they fought
and empty eyes that
stare at naught

i leave behind 100 years
i face the morrow
and what I see
a leaf to turn
a chapter to begin
a chance for life
not death to win
oh let me be
a child of peace
and if God
may grant my only wish
may blood not spill
on my behalf
nor from a gun
clasped in my hand

live jesus christ
within my heart
let wisdom guide
my every act
that all my fears
may turn to bliss
oh let me be
a child of peace

i leave behind 100 years
i face the morrow
and what I see
a leaf to turn
a chapter to begin
a chance for life
not death to win
oh let me be
a child of peace
and if God
may grant my only wish
may blood not spill
on my behalf
nor from a gun
clasped in my hand

let me be
a child of peace

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