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Whispers Of The Wind

Alpas —setting spirits free

Photo by Sander Weeteling on Unsplash

Hearken the humming bird’s trill
Or the lark’s hymn for the soul fill
I breathe in zealous air, unbridled
Beneath clear blue skies, unbarred

Fair winds to the shape of my sail
Fair winds, gently may you hail

Rainbow speckled meadows emerald green
Awakening anew, many a feather to preen
Icicle droplets of dew on fronds frosted gay
Drizzles to graze canopies from skies grey

Bend my way, the light of sturdy might
Lend me the valor, to brave the night

Tickling tingles rousing feet stalled in heath
Pebbled sands prickling from earth beneath
Hope in the scent of a placid frangipani¹
Joy amongst waves onto sunbeams shiny

Sway away, in tresses whizzing carefree
Alpas² — to set the spirits in jubilant spree!

Viraji Ogodapola

The plan here is to let loose and set yourself free at Paper Poetry this September!

We are on to exploring theme Alpas², the Tagalog/Filipino word expressing the notion of freedom or to become free. It can also mean and be used in the context of escape, let loose and/or flight.

We comprehend, experience and express freedom in more than one way. Spanning from the inexplicable sense of freedom a caged bird may feel upon its release to that trivial tingling excitement within dull routine which has us convinced with “I’ve got this!”, a medley of sensations may be attributed for that elation.
The attempt here is to try and capture the surge of such emotions with good old pen ‘n paper for Paper Poetry this month.

Alpas I am / Alpas I’ll be / Freedom courses through my very soul / Not longer contained will I ever be… ~ Ella

Handwritten draft of Whispers of the Wind by the author

My heartfelt gratitude to Indubala Kachhawa, Suntonu Bhadra and Carolyn Hastings for reaching out to me and for this opportunity — much humbled and delighted to be featured in your Poetry Series this month!


  • 1 — Frangipani — A very fragrant flower belonging to Genus Plumeria.
  • 2 — AlpasAlpas is a Filipino word (and Filipino itself is a standardized variety of the Tagalog language) which means to become free or break loose. Alpasan also means loose, set free or let go.

Editorial Note: Paper Poetry runs a themed series of poems every month. This month’s theme is Alpas: to set free. To know more about it, read here.



We are living in the digital world, covered in the autonomous aspects & tracked motions of life. Yet, somehow we are losing some critical elements. Keyboards, touchpads, & speech-to-text are there, but we believe that handwritten words on paper is still meaningful to some poets.

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Viraji Ogodapola

Viraji Ogodapola


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