Agit ako ngayon

At dahil agit ako ngayon, narito ang isang maikling bahagi sa isang eksena na nabasa ko lang sa facebook:

“Hindi mo maintindihan ngayon bakit ito ang pinili ko, pero sa takdang panahon, alam kong mayayakap mo din kami, ako at ang pinili kong ibigin nang buong puso, kaluluwa, kabataan, kalakasan, kahinaan, lahat-lahat ng ako. Dahil sa panahong iyon, iibigin mo din siya, at pasasalamatan, sa lipunang iniluwal ng aming pag-iisang dibdib. Sa panahong iyon, atin na ang bawat bukas, at may ginhawa sa bawat ngayon ng takdang panahon.”

 

At ito naman ang nakaka-inlab na tula ni Pia Montalban:

 

This is no love poem

By Pia Montalban

This is no love poem

No love and no poem

No art to be a poem

No form, meter or rhyme

As all poems must have

No music nor rhythm

That meets your note

No, this is no love poem

 

And farmers bow

Their bones creaked

Slashing their sickle

In their practiced swift

In harvest of gold

Grainy sons of earth

For the people’s granary

Away from greedy lords

That grabbed their lands

Squeezed their souls to such pity

Fruits of love

Art of war

 

But this is no love poem

No love, no art, no poem

 

And workers mill

Battering their hammer

Pulverizing cancer cells

Of feudalism, bureaucrat capitalism

And imperialism

Siring profits

For the people’s nation-building

Away from sucking

President, most of public officials

IMF-Worldbank and Uncle Sam

Gripping their very lives dead empty

Fruits of love

Art of war

 

But this is no love poem

No love, no art, no poem

 

And throngs of men

And women marching

Out of their homes

Done with oppressions

Weary of saints that lie

Heroes that bought their valors

And murderous presidents

Into the streets

They rage

Off to the mountains

They lay their lives

Flooding the cities

They jail criminal masters

And to these

Comes a love

Of boundless art

 

Yet no, this is no love poem

No love, no art, no poem

 

Only a sense

Of what is art,

and what is love

In the middle

Of the people’s

Protracted war.

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