oliver s. carlos
ING LUGUD AT ING KAMATAYAN
Tútúbû lang àgnan king pékasúluk ning pusû
Ding binî ning lùgud at kamatayan
Didiligan ta yà ing métung
Kábang ing métung
Dìkut yang pitàtakútan
At pílit lalapùtan
Wa, deti mitutuglung la
Dapot mikakawani la.
Uli’ng daràtang ya ing kirut
Karing kárìnan nung nu ne àkakapkap
Ing metung a kapupúsan.
Papatàran na la pámiugnáyan
Ding báge at salitâ.
King panyàtang ning lugud
Ing túlâ ena ne man darásan
Uli’ng pepepe ya ing kamatayan—
Iyatad de iti ring luang papatak
Kàring mapìlan a pirasung tàbla—
Pìpagkéran. Tawling santungan
Da ring pìnandit a písuluan.
TIKATIK AT ASLAG
E ku ápiyàlas nung nínu karéla
ing mándilû at pápandilû—
ini wáring mànene tikàtik
o ing mágunyat a yaslag
ning kàmamarànunan? Ramdam ku
karing bùlung a daragúsan ning ambun
ing pámanipa na ning uran; akakit ku
ing gabun a kayang didiligan. At ding labul
ning ánging mamyalúngan at tútúlak karing
búlak a úlap—tatàgàlan ku la ban samsàman
at pigilang malumpawi ding miyalíwang kúle
sinalángi, minye túlâ at ngeni mámun
karing bubúngan ning pànaun.
Láyun ko sang kuyúman kàring kakung
pálad ding aslag at kúle ning kayabákan—
a tunggal-tunggal màlaláso
at miyalilang lulam. Dapot
kalupa ning sadya,
kaybat ning tikatik at aslag
ing salingalngal ning alimum
yamu kabud kalùkup ku
angga na king gatpanapun
BABAI YA ING ASKE NING KAMATAYAN
Karing lupang miglubas king maskara
ing kamatayan babai ya. Gamat ya iting
tatayid karing pinandit ning pangalili.
At king pamagdulap na keng sarili, nung mipase ne
at ume neng sumuku ing katawan, ing kamatayan
atatabnuan ya naman keng takde ning babai.
Uli’ng king danggut da ring kutang, ampat ing
kegana-gana miras na keng angganan
nung makatawit tana keng bangin ning
kayalang-puntan, durukmu ta mu naman
at magbalik king pigmulang salu’t sepupunan.
Pablasang ing babai balun yang malalam—
sisibulan ning lwang maging agus ning pakibat
a nung misan e ta buring daramdaman.
Wa, babai ya ing kamatayan.
Gasa ya ampong bulak a manampat
karing sugat da reting mekitalad
para king katimawan. Indu yang mamilatan
at makipaglaban para king bunsu nang
kakawatan ning kamatayan.
Dapot kamatayan ya naman
a ngungulangul libutad da ring mibulang.
Uli’ng babai ya . . . babai ya ing kamatayan—
Iya ing maplas a kaul karing dirimla, mengatatal
at ala nang bie katawan.
At karing benging e matudtud
babai ne ning kapigaganakan
indu yang magkanta king keyang pamanenaya,
ngana nang manangis, ngana nang tumiman
king lele ning duyan. Pasuswan ne king kataimikan
ing yatung e kikilala karing asawa, karing indu
ning lipunang dudulung king sarili nang kapupusan.
Uli’ng babai ya—
makapaldas at tataluki
king karung lalapit king kutkutan
ing aske ning kamatayan.
BABO ENTABLADU
matarling ya siuala ing matuang lalaking gaganap a bida
king metung a piyalben dikil keng temang pamisalba
king mamamate amanu, kalalangan at literatura—

king malamyus nang pamigale king kudta nang poema,
ing sabi na:

gusal ta na! guniat ta na! itamu ngan, kimut ta na!
ban e mate ing amanung kekatamu pepamana
meko keni kayanakan, ikayu mu ing pag-asa
ikudta yo at igale ding poesya yung makarima
dinan yo ke karing bayu’t mangasanting yung ideya


alang ketunan-tunan, linapit ya ing metung a kayanakan.
ala yang nanumang sinabi . . .

misdan la at metigalgal ding e makapanwalang malda
iniang begut ne king pangatakas ing baril a sasalikut na
atsaka ne berilan a buntuk ing mipase matua . . .

oyan ing kalalangan! oyan ing literatura!

papalakpak la at mag-viva
ding mekayalbe at dinamdam
king mesabing drama.
—Posted: 9:52 AM 4/6/11 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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