Hold Tight (written for the “Hawak Kamay: Poems for the Philippines After Haiyan” project)


hold tight
hold together
the water and the darkness terrify
where are you?
what to do, which way to turn….
hold tight
an outpouring of hearts and hands
reaching across in unshakable determination
with strength to spare
hold tight
the water and the darkness terrify
and your pain and loss cannot be understated
but you are not alone.


“Hawak Kamay: Poems for the Philippines After Haiyan,” is a DISASTER RELIEF poetry project started by Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of California. The phrase “hawak kamay” means “to hold hands” in Filipino.
You can also email them to PoemsForThePhilippines@groups.facebook.com


About chimerapoet

I write. I write a lot. A. LOT. There are times I am half blind with a sentence ricocheting off the walls of my stupid, cant be shut off to save my life, brain. I am miserable until I get it down on paper. Punch it up a bit. Usually cross out half of it. And then breathe. Relax. Only to do it all again..... But I just thought that was me. How I am. Not a writer....noooo...not me. Writers are.....writing people. People Who Write. REALLY write. Write things that matter. All grown up very important things. Not.....me. I am just a scribbler of sorts. And I was/am content with that....if it's true, well then....a scribbler am I. Until the thought wormed its way in to my brain (the furtive sneaky bitch) that maybe...just maybe...that is writing. My style. My strange way. But....still writing. So here I am at the dance. Not sure I know any of the moves and the music is entirely mine. But.....only one way to find out. Would you care to join me?
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