#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Farewell”

Tower Bridge, London

The night of the resurrection, I was alone and heartbroken
On top of the tower I saw the witch with her teeth blackened
As blind as a scorpion, she cast her spell with a branded doll
“Werewolf will hunt you forever,” I listened by the stonewall
On this full moon, I was on a ball as I tried to break the spell
With garlic and crucifix, I pushed her out and bid her farewell
Coming out of the tower, free as a bird and oh so grateful
Not to be boastful, I won as I carried out my stick bauble


Goodbye my friend, have a safe trip
We held our hands in a strong grip
As the train goes, I see him cry
I’ve got other places to try
Dried my eyes and gave a short yip


The hour was late
Was this my fate?
In the rippling park
I found a mark
Total darkness
It was so airless
Shimmering paint
Ever so quaint
Swarm of crows
In my place I froze
The fury has erupted
The ground full of mud
Sweeping shadows
Everything was slow
The rise of the skull
Patterned one, I felt dull
Nowhere to hide
Farewell, I sighed

“The Last Farewell” is a poem written by Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal on the eve of his execution by firing squad on 30 December 1896. The piece was one of the last notes he wrote before his death; another that he had written was found in his shoe but because the text was illegible, its contents today remain a mystery. On the afternoon of Dec. 29, 1896, a day before his execution, Dr. José Rizal was visited by his mother, Teodora Alonzo, sisters Lucia, Josefa, Trinidád, Maria and Narcisa, and two nephews. When they took their leave, Rizal told Trinidád in English that there was something in the small alcohol stove (cocinilla), not alcohol lamp (lamparilla). The stove was given to Narcisa by the guard when the party was about to board their carriage in the courtyard. At home, the Rizal ladies recovered from the stove a folded paper. On it was written an unsigned, untitled and undated poem of 14 five-line stanzas. The Rizals reproduced copies of the poem and sent them to Rizal’s friends in the country and abroad. In 1897, Mariano Ponce in Hong Kong had the poem printed with the title “Mi Ultimo Pensamiento.” Fr. Mariano Dacanay, who received a copy of the poem while a prisoner in Bilibid (jail), published it in the first issue of La Independencia on Sept. 25, 1898 with the title ‘Ultimo Adios’. The cocinilla was not delivered to the Rizal’s family until after the execution as he needed it to light the cell.

Mi Ultimo Adios  at Luneta
Mi Ultimo Adios at Luneta


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4 thoughts on “#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Farewell”

  1. Lady Lee, what a moving poem. I was touched. I hope to see you at my Tanka challenge next week. Give it a try. I will show everyone how to write one and go from there! Many hugs. ❤

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