oliver s. carlos
ATLUNG KAWATASAN NING LUGUD (VALENTINE POEMS)
KANG ESTRELLA (A MIGNASA KING TIBABAL NING BANUA)
nung bandi kya sana ing kagayat mu man
ning makule tibabal ning banuang miglilip
karing sulu nang kristal—

kareting perlas, nung yaku na sa ngeni
ing sinta mung titipun at mitututus
karing dampul mairo at maputing telang
panakap na king makatiman nang lupa,
ikadkad ke iti king kekang lalakaran.

dapot ala ku . . . ala kung atipun
keti babo yatu ni atutus mu man
nune mu ring matbud
at lamlam kung taguimpan—

makalale ka sana . . .
mapipirat ku pilubluban
balang deti atitisud da la
ring painggulut mung takbang.
PAMANLIPAT
mayayaninag ya
karing katas-katawang miyayanib,
karing balang sikdu, kimbe at indayug
da ring miyuyugpungang awakan
ing pami-paitas ruruk
a pagnasan tang puntan

babagsen te ing kaganapan;
aplus-aplusan ing kaselanan
ning alingapngap at nasa—
ning pamanlaut
king mangisnawang gabun

mangulabe kata
king galgal ning yatu
balu ta la man ding makasawan
a yuyu ning alun,
ding gaspang da ring batu
king kangatbang pampang,
manalangin kata pa muring
atabnuan te ing ligaya—
kagatpanapunang makawangis
king paraisung miyalunan.
DING MIKALUGUD
Pagumasdan ta la
Nung makananung karing uyat da—
Sikdung tataluntun ing lugud at nasa

Y lang karing takde ning metung at metung
Ibat pa king pasimula,
Sampaga lang migbukad at minatna

At ngeni, mengaring lubid
A pupuluput king tulus ning linang,
Dudurutan de ing pinandit a indam

Anting sasaka king aun ning kealang malit
Maua la, at mirinan lang inuman—pamikatagung
Misulu at malduk king kalis ning matbud dang sarili

Pagumasdan ta la
kabang pag-umasdan de at lalarauan ing banua
o ing banua iang mag-umasid at maglarauan karela?

Paburen ta lang king karelang pamikaul
Palbug de ing lupa ning metung at metung
Karing mipanantabe rang pago . . .

Karin mu man, akalinguan dang
atin lang lumbe at kaligaligan
a pupusanan at gaganakan.

(2011 Oran, Algeria)


—Posted: 8:33 AM 2/7/11 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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