What Is "A Sigh in the Dark" by Angela Manalang-Gloria?

"A Sigh in the Dark" is a poem by the Filipina writer Angela Manalang-Gloria. It is a cinquain, which means it is a poem with five lines that follow a syllabic pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8 and then 2 syllables.

A Sigh in the Dark" conjures an eerie yet alluring mood. It centers on the image of a lone gondola drifting out to sea on a starless night. Its iambic meter and syllabic restraints echo the best examples of Japanese conquains.

Angela Manalang-Gloria was born in Pampanga, Philippines in 1907. Her poetry was marked by a haunting allusiveness and heightened imagery.