The Beauty of Solitude” a poem by Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo from the Philippines / Review by Younas Rehman

 
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo
 
 
The Beauty of Solitude” a poem by Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo from the Philippines
 
Today’s world is replete with literary figures and highly renowned poets, and one of them can rightly be figured as Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo, whose poem titled as ” The Beauty of Solitude ” is really a masterpiece of candid poetry.
The hustle and bustle of places, cities and even villages mark today’s world with noise as though to share cosmic chaos, where talks , speeches and even common chatting most often reflect selfish ends rather than pure notes of real sympathy and love . It is not only that we hear as words , but even other activities that carry on life , that make the world filled with somewhat annoying noise . When it comes to passions and feelings , it so often happens that at times one likes to make an escape through silent solitude . The poet has portrayed this scenario as :
 
Amidst the deafening world, the cosmic chaos,
Solitude provides an escape
 
The poet sees that solitude can relieve an injured, worn out soul of the pains that things or beings around us bring to us , and can take us “Beyond the swirling madness”.
For it is the blissful stillness of being lonely that grants us a serene tranquility. In the words of the poet this paradigm has been echoed as :
 
For in the blissful stillness
Of finding one’s true self
The wisdom of a thousand words abound.
 
To the poet, the solitude provides an atmosphere of gaining wisdom through serenity of meditation, and an institution of togetherness with beauty otherwise usually left unseen . How sweetly has this been inked as :
 
There lies the exotic beauty like no other
When serenity penetrates
The inner recesses of your beautiful mind
 
Our life poses many questions . So arcane and mysterious is our existence . Complicated and usually unanswerable questions may haunt our lives in our busy schedules or even hours of leisure as long as we live amidst the social gatherings. However in solitude, we normally get the required answers as loneliness opens our vision to see hidden mysteries more clearly and vividly. The poet has encapsulated this state of affairs in the lines :
 
When the answers to life’s questions
Finally dawns on your enlightened state
Aloneness creating your own utopia.
 
The world taken as it appears to be , without linkage with and anchoring on a good creator creates all mental chaos and agonies so much so that even the precious life becomes just meaningless . To assign a beautiful meaning to it necessarily requires its being linked with divinity . The poet has stated this narrative as :
 
When one claims silence,
Embraces the Divine Core of his being
The day when he becomes the Master and Guru
Of his spiritual journey
Finding his Personal Legend
Like the mystical aura
In the throes of ecstasy.
 
All accolades to you, Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo for this poetic masterpiece .

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