oliver s. carlos
DALIT NING ILUG
Makatando ka't babatyo king asikan. Ali! kapitna yang asikan
kapitna yang ilug—maputla ya. Kasingputla ne ning gagato bangke?
Dakal lang bage ring pawaga ning ilug. Bage-bage
a malwat mu nang paninasang pasibayung damdaman:
karimla ning danom! keni, kawe kata!

Sisilim. Mamun nang sulapo ing are lalabulan ning amian.
Langib a kakawani king naknak ing sari kule bulung—
lalaputan no't papaspas ning angin ibat karing sanga.
Pipiling la ring tangke. E ra atanggap ing pangalubas
at pamangulila. Kapilan ka luslus kanyan? Magbalik ka pa? …
Uling ing ilug asne karakal a kutang. Dalum no ning salu
at kutang la namang panayan mung mipakibatan.

Layak lamu at bulung a kinawe king agus ding panaun
Kambe da ring alala. Ding aldo pisulu ta. Ing egana-gana
Larawan lang pepapusyo da ring bayung kule at aske.
Makapagmulala la pin kayang pagumasdan ding
sari tayug a gusaling bisang muma karing biga?
Migit kayang makayama ing paspas ning angging
manibat karing kongkreto’t aspalto kesa king talsik
ning burak a kilapul na kekata ning linang?
Ah! nuanti la pin naman kasaya ring pilapil at sangka
nu nukarin kata linukluk, miragsa, mikera?

Balu ku ing kekang nasa—sisitsit na ning ilug:
Ing busina da ring migsala-salapung a saken.
Ing sigarilyu. Ing kompyuter mu. Ing kape mu.
Ing saya at sigla da ring saga-saganang tau...

Balu ku ing kekang taganang nasa—gugulisak na ning ilug:
Ing pasyuk ning anging lalabul at maglambis karing impun;
Ing pali ning kaul. Ing salilung ning minsang dinalo lugud...

uling angga man ngeni, pananagalan mo't darakpan
ding malyap a alipatpat karing kalsada ning lungsud

angga man ngeni
ing lagyu ku
daralit ne keka ning ilug.
—Posted: 10:00 AM 2/2/13 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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