oliver s. carlos
ILANG-ILANG
quing lacad-gapang cung bie
icua cung linugud

miguit quing metung

ding miglumut a bitis
ning paninap, caiabe la

ring melanguing tangque at bulung
a lalagutuc,

ulasan ning gabun
lalam ding macaiagpang impun

liguran cu la.

at quing dimla ning uran,
maniampaga cung ilang-ilang—

sisiclaud at manigapu
quing pali ning caugtuan

ban maduluc. nung misan,
caring pisac a alino,

manaquit cu—
malamlam lang mata

antimong tupang curap-curap
at magtaca.

maputla iang labi
ing asbuc ning paintungulan

at caring alacac nang mangalalam,
carin co babait ding baiu cung paninap—

sasaque co reti caring misasalbag a alapap.
ding sasapinan dang melutung a bulung

acaquit cong mapipirat
mapipitna libutad, papalto ra la

ring eran a macabaligtad
magpaldas. cuculdas. dapuat—

quing bie cu—nanupata
liguran cu ing balang pinandit

a acaquit cu nung macananung
calupa da ring salung andu-andu

baiu la miampang, paialipan
quing sala ning sicluban,

ding ilang-ilang macanian la naman—
macalale lang mamucadcad

at libutad ning mula, carin,
mipnung dingal lang tatalacad.

macanian mu siguru ing maliari rang gauan . . . .
ing aguiu cung gauan:

talacad, pinandit salingalngal
ban mabalag at magpauasang-uasang

malaso quing dulum at patac ning uran.
QUING BENGING CALUPA NA NITI*
(paindispu cang Pablo Neruda)

quing benging calupa na niti, aiapse cu la, caring letra
ding libung palmura

igulisac, alimbaua, "ing bengi, quisut ne ning calaraman
at licas de puri ring daiucduc ing cacung lalauigan,
pemirat de imalan ing literatura na't calinangan"

manampaling ia qng mua na ing angin, dudura ia ing banua
quing sucal nang lub.

quing benging calupa na niti, aiapse cu la, caring letra
ding libung palmura

"liguran que ing cacung bangsa at ing caiang calinangan, sana,
liguran nacu naman."

quing macacalat a dulum, daramdaman cu la
ring piping saingsing ning gabun a tibuan,

a pigmasabal cu
quing pali ning caugtuan. caring patac ning cauran.
liguran nacu, liguran quea naman; ninu uari ing e linugud
quing Bangsang Capampangan, liuas caring mapilan

libutad niting cabengian, aiapse cu la, ua,
aiapse cu la ding libung palmura

iguliac: delusungan de at pipasa-pasang quisut
ing cacung bangsa,
ing literatura na, ing calinangan na,
dening atiu quing poder at maqui-upaia;

daramdaman cu la ring macapangaclac a siuala,
miguit a calunus-lunus; cabang lalbug ing gabun
quing lua da ring maluca—a ngueni macagapus
sacal-sacal ding puliticung sasapad quing casaquiman
libutad ning pamagbalugbug-cauali't capabaian
da ring talasulat–paiaus pantas—
a mipapate't mitutultulan quing cabaiaran-pagal,
coronang laurel at galal

cupal da! querat ning inda rang memanaco't mig-imbut
at quing amanu cu't calinangan migpalbug!
tacnaida rang mangalaram, mapamirait at ambug!

macanian na uari? quing metu suluc ating managulele.
mabilug a balaian: danup, tacut, quealang marine?

panintunan cu la ring mitatagan pang macasaup
imbut cu ing maquianib at maquisanmetung
ban magbalicuas, lumaban at tumutul

bengi iang calupa na niti
ing bengi da ring quecatang ninunu
ning liping matenacan at e mamisali quing tutu
iacu, ica, itamu ngan, meguisan ta na capanupaian.

isacuil ta na la, quing laguiu da ring melugami
ding lider tamung mapagcunuari.
ing sistema rang tiuali

nung sasamsaman da na ring barag at linta
ing anggang iaman at upaia
Ing bangsang quinatmu na—itamu ita—
dapat ta nang miguising at mag-alsa

ban ibat quing burac a quecatang pipagqueran,
mibangun tamu at lumaban.
maluat na ing anti caniting pamagsamantala,
dapat ta nang mipacde at lumaia

uli'ng daramdaman tamu ing anggang quirut,
quing benging calupa na niti,
at masucal ta ngan a lub, magngitngit
quing calaraman at cabalbalang mitaid-taid

nung ia aguiang maplas ta man a mata
quing taimic tang gulisac at gaga
nguening bengi, malmura tamu at bumulad
ban caspac ning abac, ume tamung balicuas,
ibalic ta ia
ing quecatamung dignidad.

*Pauaga: Ini nang cautasan meangu ia quing metung a poesiang Tagalug a mipamagatang "Ngayong Gabi." (E cu pu balu nu ninu ing sinulat.) Quing pamilicas, elilan cu la ring mapilan a tekstu, diua at cataia ban manaiun quing temang buri cung isiuala.
—Posted: 9:40 AM 7/26/10 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Oliver Carlos was born and grew up in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. He studied AB Political Science at the University of the East in Manila, but did not manage to finish it, not because of some difficulties, but rather because of his love of his country. He was kicked out of school because he spent most of his time in the streets with other nationalist youths, fighting against the rotten political system. He chose to stay in other people's houses and studied in the hinterlands with the poor farmers. In doing so, he met his future better half and companion in life. Now, he is one of the OFWs, trying his luck in foreign places to make both ends meet and to get his family out of poverty. Amidst all this, he keeps on looking back at his beloved country, especially his province, Pampanga.
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