oliver s. carlos
MISSING
Pumiglas at yumukod ang payat na sanga

sa pasaklot na sayad ng paa

ng dumapong maya.


Saksi ang sanga, ang maya,

ang nulas na hamog sa dulo ng dahon;

sa nabaling tuhod at tadyang,

sa tatlong balang iniipit

at pinisil sa mga daliri,

sa hiniwang dila at tainga,

sa sinindihang gasolina

sa katawan ng nasa hukay.


Sa siyudad, humihiyaw at nagtatanong

ang mga linya sa pahina:

Sino ang dumukot? Sino ang may sala?


Wala nang makikita.

Natuyo na sa sikat ng araw ang hamog.

Naitago na ng kumapal na alikabok

ang bakas ng naghalong dugo at gasolina.


Wala nang maririnig.

Kahit huni ng nahintakutang maya.


Hangin na lang ang nagpapaypay

sa tinabunang hukay.
—Posted: 11:00 AM 11/13/12 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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