TO ARRIVE AT TRUTH
October 27, 2012
“Walang masamang karanasan,” Jun Cruz Reyes said while munching a sandwich and holding a hot cup of coffee. He was sitting at the steps of the J. Pollock Center during the 2nd Ateneo National Writers Workshop in 2001. I was also there as fellow for English poetry, passing time for the coffee break. I asked him, “Why must poets suffer?”
Suffering and pain–some things to be accepted by one who must walk the life of a poet. An “ultra-sensitive” he must sift through the various colors and emotions of life. But as much as said emotions affect him, he must be objective. He must stand ground for he is a gate-keeper of truth. He must manipulate language and experience to arrive at truth–beautifully, to paraphrase one adage. And if he succeeds, he will attain his destiny of immortality.