oliver s. carlos
BELUAN*
ay! makatua't pengari
maki-pasari
karing lijim—
mitaid-taid, mituki-tuki
karing pemakud a bawal
pamagbusal
ikaming anak yu
gewa yu keng kawal
ban ngayu mitulid
kitkut ye karing litid
ing dalan a matulid
para king ikakayap
ning pangatau mi't kaladua
ngayu, para king ikasaplala
at bukas a sagana
ning balang metung
dapua't makanu keng sumulung
nung mabangnas ya pa king asan
ing babatiawan ming napun?

ay, makatua't pengari
patangal banal
karing peyalben
pupugaya't papalakpakan
ding siping bale,
kamag-anak,
kaluguran,
at ning demonyu
mismu.

ay! makatua't pengari
kapilan ko pa mipakde
kapilan yu pa abitasang
e yu neman tatalanan
ing susi ning kabanalan?

kapilan yu pa ayamin
ing lepastanganan yu kami
ikeng sarili yung anak?

ay! pengari't makatua
king keraklan da
ring kekong lijim
ala na keng sukat dapukanan
lalapo't mumugse
buluk lang sasalingalngal

Ikayung sadyang tatalangan
karing gamat pipagmanuan
Indu, Ibpa
O't nanung milyari
king bie tamung alang kalma?

bakit! indu mi at ibpa
ot kakatmuan yula
ring kekeng isip
king makalumud a lua?

*Capabaluan: Ing poesya inangu ne at linikas ning talasulat a Oliver Carlos ibat keng poesyang Tagalug a maki-pamagat a "Alam" (ene pu balu nung ninu ing misulat, makanyan man babie ne pu ing mayap a puge at sampat a kapasalamatan). King pamilikas keng Amanung Sisuan, digdagan at elilan la ring mapilan a diwa at kataya ban manayun keng tema at paksang buri nang ipasiuala ning milikas.
—Posted: 8:31 AM 8/17/10 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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