Plenty are the number of guests
Occupying chambers in my heart –
Family, friends and the rest
Are how I divide them apart –
They occupy the three smallest chambers –
Leaving the largest one free –
That – dearest Love –
Is reserved for Thee –
Won’t Thou fill it with love for me?
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
I heard something about the heart and its chambers the day I wrote this poem. It wasn’t a new concept to me or anything. However, it did trigger something in me at the height of my poetry writing phase when I was so sensitive to everything I came into contact with being a potential piece of inspiration for a poem.
The rest is then pretty simple to decipher, with the heart being the emotional metaphor of a home for all the people I love in my life and how I would choose to divide it.
Sadly, there was no one to occupy that largest room at the time. More sadly, there is still no one to occupy that room now. Most sadly, that room has rarely even been occupied. However, the rest of the home has been happily well occupied so it is a happy home with one big and elegant occupied space waiting for that special guest, that’s all.
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.