Ariadne’s note: “We are honoured to welcome Corazon Wong Canda to the World Poetry site. She is known for her great heart and her wonderful ability to help others. Her poems will be read on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show on November 6th in the phone in featured show with Sultan Khilji from Lahore Pakistan.”
The first things that one notices about Corazon Wong Canda is her ready smile and her desire to assist others. Born in the Philippines of a half Chinese mother and Filipino father, Corazon has made Japan her home for over twenty-five years and is now a permanent residentof that country. She speaks Tagalog, Japanese, some Spanish and teaches English, full-time, as a second language at the elementary school level. She inherited a healthy love of music from her parents and plays the guitar, the hand bells and the xylophone.
A graduate of the Philippine Christian University, Corazon earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and majored in psychology. She also took a one-year secretarial course at the Jetwriting School of the Philippines. Over the years, she developed a love of literature, especially poetry, and she now writes haiku, tanka, triolets and other short forms. Over the past year, she has been mentored by Canadian poet, Richard Doiron, whom she plans on visiting in the near-future, along with visiting another Canadian poet, Carol Knepper, also a member of World Poetry.
A true romantic, Corazon’s poetry tends to address love and matters of the heart more than anything else. The two short poems that follow are reflective of this:
1 The Home Inside My Heart
Inside my heart, I built a home,
a home for two…for me and you.
Around this home, a landscape sown
a faithful garden therefore grown…
A garden filled with trust and care,
harmony and understanding there,
with extra care to weed the ground
so that our love’s forever found.
2 The Music Of Your Heart
In my quiet moments
of solitude and silence
I say my grateful prayer
and then listen to the beat
of your ever-loving heart
and know it as the music
by which I will soon
be made to dance.
Corazon Wong Canda (C)