My Other Self

 “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”  -  Oscar Wilde














The Dark Man Wearing A Black Shirt
March 2000 (Semi-finalist, North American Open Poetry Competition)


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.


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.


Asa Naman Ka?
(July 25, 2008 Published, The Freeman newspaper, August 2008
)
 
I.
Maabot naman kuno ka
Matud pas kahimtang sa milabay’ng
Duol napulo ka tuig
Dugay-dugay napud siya wala kabati nimo

 

II.
Miaging semana, gipabilib mo sila (og gipakuratan)
Bisan gani siya, nakalitan (og gamay)
Pero, makuratan diay ang nangandam?
Diba sukwahi kini sama sa miagi?


III.
Ambot kung unsa pud ang istatus
Sa inyong pagplano ug pagpatuman niini
Kampanti kaha kamo nga ma-inyo siya?
O, siya makuha niya?


IV.
Apan, dili ika-tinga
Kay sulod duol sa usa ka dekada
Padayon man mo nga naa
Nagkabangis


V.
Apan ang pundasyon nga iyang naabtan
Sama kalig-on sa kawayan (nga igo rang pasayawon sa bangis nga hangin)
Dili matumba. Og ang tunok niyang makalilisang, iya rang giligiran
Mabati ang kasakit og ka la niini


VI.
Kay ang imo unyang pag-abot
Tayming sa iyang paningkamot
Nga mohigda og balik sa tunukon nga kawayan
Higdaan og gakson


VII
Asa naman diay tuod ka?
Usahay makalimtan, usahay mahinumduman
Basin ang kalit mong pagpakita
Mao unya’y rason nga magligid siya’g balik sa kawayanan og higdaan


Samtang gipasayaw kini sa bangis nga hangi’ng amihan.

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