Saturday, March 1, 2008

ON STAND, Let’s understand

For the past several days, I am awed so much (both positively and negatively) to the comments raised by several comrades regarding the non-participation of USC-SSC, in particular, STAND Political Party, to the events that rocked our country even to the ruptures. Past issues was raised and I am glad a certain level of militancy is popping out to pressure (and condemn?) the current occupant of USC-SSC.

However, while we adhere to the historical rule STAND played in key events in our country, it is also notable to be objective when we criticize STAND as a Party and when we criticize STAND members and officers, whose current stand now is contrary to ours.

When one shares his idea and challenges the others, it is important to observe the historical roots of our criticism vis-a-vis the principle of dialectics in order to understand fully the circumstances of different opinions. Assess the objective conditions and the subjective forces that currently hold ideas which deviate from ours.

Do not assert your idea, stand, views or perspective even if you think you are correct. Let the mass movement assert it. What I mean is that if we want to see STAND to be militant, progressive and nationalist, please create a movement that will change its current stand. If we can’t do that, our criticism, however objective cannot change anything. It will only add up to the ever widening gap between history and current realities.

It will take a process, a protracted process to change something. To understand a wrong idea, it is better to get inside of that wrong idea and challenge it from within. Be confident to penetrate!

Let the individuals of that organization we so deeply love and cherish to take time and reflect to become objective. Let our criticisms take time to nourish and develop into something we want it to be.

As far as I know, the current officers and members of STAND did not amend the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization we so deeply love. So, that is a good sign that current members and officers of STAND still adheres to. It is another story if we see them act differently. On the other hand, let us examine our own constitution and by-laws first, if we, too, commit grave errors as grave as “theirs.” Or else we might end up talking to our own.

That is the greatest tragedy of all. You can’ change them. (by me proud STAND since 1995)

Nota Bene: I can’t write a long blog, am in a hurry “nilatch” is waiting. Just wanted to share a piece. I know, that Loyd, will definitely work for the revival of TC and VOT. Ingna kung bakakon if dili ma revive during his term as USC SSC President!

My Prince sprouts in the land of suffering

My Prince sprouts in the land of suffering
JUNE 2001 SEMI FINALIST NORTH AMERICAN OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

My Prince sprouts
In the land of suffering

Yesterday, I saw green scenery
Full of hope

The birds sung freely
Without minding the agony

The peasants toiling the land
They till for centuries

The land cried, shed tears, and drew blood
She can no longer cope the hotness of the sun.

Its rays followed me
Wherever I go

Which was yesterday, kept her green
Came the hour of reckoning

Truck came and dust became the color of the day
No more birds.

The dark man wearing a black shirt

The dark man wearing a black shirt
MARCH 2000

I wanted to ask him
Whether or not he prefers
To write essays, poetry, and
Fiction

But I dare not
While he continues to open
The pages of newspapers and magazines

I, too, wanted to make friends with him.
Together we will read the newspapers and magazines
But, I dare not. I prefer to write essays, poetry and
Fiction

The black shirt he wore
Was my favorite. I haven’t
Wore it now because the
Closet was locked.

THE SONG OF SONGS

THE SONG OF SONGS
Chapter 8:5-10
(A new translation by Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch)

5
There, beneath the apricot tree,
Your mother conceived you,
There you were born.
In that very place, I awakened you.

6
Bind me as a seal upon your heart,
A sign upon your arm,
For love is as fierce as death,
Its jealousy bitter as the grave.
Even its sparks are a raging fire,
A devouring flame.

7
Great seas cannot extinguish love,
No river can sweep itaway
It a man tried to buy love
With all the wealth of his house
He would be despised.

8
We have a little sister
And she has no breasts,
What shall we do for our sister
When suitors besiege her?

9
If she is a wall, we will build
A silver turret upon her.
Is she is a door, we will bolt her
With beams of ledar wood.

10
I am a wall
And my breasts are towers
But for my lover I am
A city of peace

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