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From September 12 - 16, 2023, our ILA Magazine Facebook Group challenged the poets to combine both a SIJO Poetry form (consisting of 3 lines, each line written between 14-16 syllables, with a pause in the middle of each line. This particular form originated some time during the 14th Century in Korea, and usually written in romantic, spiritual, satirical or metaphysical themes.) ILA added a twist to the SIJO and in amalgamation, the poets were required to merge their SIJO with a MICRO PASSAGE in the same, relatable composition to their poem. Just about every week, we offer a WOW (word of the week) to our poets and most times poets are to apply at least one required word to their weavings. We are featuring EIGHT POETS out of 16 entries who truly created a blending by challenging their own emotions in thought-provoking, ingenious compositions.


"A QUIESCED SOUL" Darkness feeds on the world, turning peace into a quiescent soul Yet, I quiesce under Him, the Painter of destiny Not a cogent defeat to me, one who bears light within. **

As the world is amidst chaos such as war, killings, hunger and other bad things,

those who put their trust in God will find peace. Because the world can never give out

peace since it is craving for peace, too.



"THE CLIMBING AMBITION" Your charm crawled like a creeper, on anybody it could reach, While I remained quiescent, fascinated by your adroit skills. I couldn't match your speed, and got stuck where we began our journey. **

Individual aspirations create indelible difference in perspectives and goals

between two souls. You have to decide your priorities in life: your ambitions

matter or your relationships!




"WAVING REALMS" Silence of the streams, quiescent tranquility shall abound Terseness of serenity, cogent by resonating sound Through an adroit ripple, flux sensibility just astounds **

After a difficult day pf struggle, in order to stay afloat, a refreshing relaxation is needed, understanding that it will not be permanent and another life melee have to be overcome in the wrinkles of time.

© JOEL ABERNASOR Philippines


"TELOS" Is travail in the obtaining - or is it in the sustaining? 'Tis pain that trails after the gain, I dare differ, cogent: For it must be death eked out, wherewith I'd be quiescent. **

"There is, and it is known that there is." "And so what?" Well, this: teleologically, knowledge is subject to being; as in, one must first exist to then know that they do exist. This means that in hindsight, all first existed without our knowledge of it, uncaused (since being is objective, subject to nothing; as in, we mustn't first exist to then exist). So what then is creation?




"TWILIGHT ZONE" Sunlight diffuses, heralding the onset of twilight's shade Life metamorphoses, like the setting sun, we fade away We turn to friends, who sparkle like diamonds and brighten our days ** Our life goes on like the stages of the day. As we approach its inevitable afterglow, we turn to friends, who make us burst into laughter, listen to our woes, and enable us to overcome some dreary and quiescent hours just by being with them. Their mere presence is cogent enough to brighten up the day.

© GUS PEREZ AMIO Philippines


"THE EQUINOX" The Autumn's breath baffled, trapped in between summer and winter The Equinox appears, a chance for a cogent decision Mother Nature halted for a while, quiescent in-between time ** In life, one should not be tarry or be left behind. After your cogent judgement, gather your strength and reap your first fruits.

© DOLO REZ Philippines


"LOVE'S SACRED SPACE" The moonlight dances on the waves, sparkling in the night's embrace, Lonely seagull cries out, searching for its mate in distant skies, Love's yearning echoes, across the vast expanse, a timeless grace. ** In this quiescent moment, as moonlight caresses the waves, love's whispers fill the air. Two souls, adroit in the art of connection, navigate love's maze with cogent grace. In this sacred space, solace is found, an eternal refuge for their hearts.



"QUIESCENT MOMENTS" Between midnight and the break of dawn are quiescent moments When our psyche adroitly floats in a cloud of subconscious space Where cogent visions are bubbles that burst before we awake. ** Midnight to dawn is the time when we are in deep sleep. It's when our subconscious takes over our consciousness. That is where dreams occur, but most of those dreams are forgotten once we are fully awake.



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