oliver s. carlos
DALIT NING LUGUD
quing pecamarayu, buri cu neng ume
nung maliari mu sana, i-cauani que
qng catauan cu't bie
dapot macananu?
macananu queng apaglacbe
a lagpus pa caring pecamarayung bage?
a lagpus pa queca?

lugud ia ini
a buri cu nang icutcut
iculung
qng pecapisac a dulum
ban e na ne aiaplus pa
ban e na ne atagquil pa
ing capanamdaman mu't caladua

quelalaman—
carin que paintun carinan
ban ena na sana damdaman
agiang ing pecamaina mung sagacgac
o asulyapan mu man
maging ding pecamatipid mung timan

dapot...
nung baquit egana-gana na mung bage
a atatagquilan cu't alalaue,
queca la ngan macaugne—quecata
at caring balang pinandit ning panga-icata
ding tumaila na ning napun, garalgal lang siuala
Papaitas la qng leparan
ban dugpa la at magbalic mu naman
mengaring sisiguc at maniglo nota
a macagapus qng daralit cung gitara.

o' maliap cung dalit!
quing nanung tigtig
o quing nanung instrumentu
maliari cung macalalang
agyang metung mu mang melodiya
caring aduang pusung
e na capilan man magmetung pa?
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—pamikatagun
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.
—Posted: 5:40 PM 4/26/13 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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