PhotoHunt#58 Words

What would happen to the world if there are no words to communicate with? Sure, we can show by acting or sign language but it would take a long time and would be prone to misinterpretations. Words are very important in our daily lives and yet we take them for granted. They can inform and amuse, remind us of possible danger, and even tell us an interesting story.

This is the Mi Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell) of our national hero, Jose P. Rizal. He did this poem on the eve of his execution on December 30, 1986. The poem talked beautifully about the national hero's love of his country and his willingness to die for it. It is a required reading for high school and college students in the Philippines. It was originally untitled when found inside the small alcohol stove that Dr. Rizal has been using while in jail. Eventually, it was entitled "Mi Ultimo Adios" by his friend, Mariano Ponce.

After the Spanish-American War, the poem was recited by then U.S. representative Henry Cooper who was lobbying for the Philippine's self-governance before the House of the U.S. Representatives (wikipedia).

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jams o donnell said...

Such beautiful words. Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Excellent my friend. Have a great Sunday

Alice Audrey said...

Without words, no ones last good bye could be written. Excellent take on the theme.