oliver s. carlos
ADUANG CAUATASAN
KING KAWA-KAWANI KUNG SARILI
makapangaligkig
bibie lumbe
king kawa-kawani kung sarili
ing darame dampi
ning angin keni

kakabiran da ring mata,
tatas no ning gulung-gulungan
ding makagapus a katayang
e na akalag ning labi
kapilan wari?
kapilan mu pa ikit
ing luang mamalisbis karing kakung pisngi?

"mimingat ka," ngamung sasabi
balang babagse ku palaut,
balang iyakmul naku ning dulum

bagyu la wari
o makalulang alun
ding mekabalbal mu man
keng salu ku't kaisipan,
karing dalise 'tang talindo
a pibuknul-buknul ta at lalalan
balang iyapsa naku ning kadayat-malatan?

saksi la ring pupusag a asan
karing balang timan, karing tulang yatad
da ring gamat mung pepepe't
sasagana king pasigan

saksi ya ing bangka
karing babakalan kung panabilin:
mimingat ka . . . mimingat ka . . .
ing dayat, nung misan, masaklo ya mata . . .

kakabiran da ring mata,
tatas no ning gulung-gulungan
ding makagapus a katayang
e na akalag ning labi :

"mimingat ka," – e ku muman asabi keka
ing dayat, nung misan, masaklo ya mata . . .
KARING LUGAL A PITABNUAN
minetung neng alduk ning maynip a asbuk
bakasakaling alumud
ing mebangnas a wawa king merimlang kape –

a atlung oras na nang gugogo, saluk-salukan
ning pilak a kutsaritang

melyu na't melingo
king kayli't wanang durut ning kapigaganakan.

suswatan ne ning manlisik a mata ing manaimik a dalig
pikukurus-pigagamus, kukutnan ne ning wanang bitis

ing kayling bitis: datang ya pa kaya?
e na akua mang makabulad ning bitis a kitnan
a magumpisa nang tatakbang – paluwal.

nung misan, agyan ding lamesang kakabugan
o ring sasaldak at babasibas a luklukan
ala lang abibye kapakibatan

kutang at kutang mu rin
ing daratang

ing malalakwan
karing lugal a pitabnuan.

(Oran, Algeria)


—Posted: 7:20 AM 1/4/11 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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