WITH permission from the author, I am reproducing the following beautiful piece of poetry in order to reach a wider readership. Written by Dr. Nelson A. Paguyo, one of the best friends and nearest to the heart of the deceased, the ode is a perfect tribute to someone who was widely admired and sincerely loved by everybody. Dr. Nelson so aptly and eloquently described the wonderful life of the late Ms. Anita S. Schon with just a few words.
ODE TO ANITA (Free verse ODE to honor my dear friend ANITA SESE SCHON) Our dear FAIRY GOD MOTHER Has joined her beloved ones in the great beyond A great loss to us who're still around mourning Praying that she'll rest in peace And joy through eternity. A determined lady she was Full of energy and determination with endless desires To give aid and comfort to those she perceived Less fortunate than to most of us. Many projects she wanted to accomplish Knowing well she couldn't do them by herself Tracking down classmates and old friends from cyberspace Years later she succeeded in her mission Requesting friends she trusted well To share their talents and help her. Surely she knew how to delegate The mark of a leader who seeks to achieve Badly needed projects of all types Worthy - especially for the less fortunate among us. You were a Good Samaritan with all the qualities you had Concern for others, courage, generosity, understanding And the willingness to help and to give Whatever it takes to satisfy the needs Of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. In the end you succeeded in your quest To help as many as you can Resulting in so many projects where you lived And in local communities throughout the Philippines Carried out by the nonprofit you helped create OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL With various Community Development Programs Being implemented to these days. Many of your dreams you attained my dear Be proud - you did well in this journey And performed nicely "THE ART OF LIFE" Where challenges and obstacles are conquered To satisfy our innermost desires. Farewell dearest friend with all our prayers Rest in Peace and happiness forever For you are now surrounded by your loved ones In the kingdom of OUR FATHER - GOD. Doodled by Nelson A. Paguyo COPYRIGHT August 28, 2021.