rosendo m. makabali
BUHAY KO ANG MAPANAGIMPAN KA*
Kahit lagi kang nagpapakita
Sa bawat panaginip ko,
Ang kabuuan ng mga tagpuan na iyon
Ay hindi mahihigitan ang masilayan
Ka lang minsan sa aking paggising

Ikaw ba ay nagpakita,
Dahil ikaw ang nasa isip
Bago ako inabutan ng tulog?
Kung iyon ay panaginip lang pala
Hindi na ako nagising sana

Mula nang nagtatagpo tayo, o irog ko,
Sa aking pag-idlip, mga panaginip
Na lamang, hindi ang kung anu-ano
Pang nakakasalubong habang gising,
Ang aking maaasahan para mabuhay


* Hango sa tatlong mga waka (unang anyo ng dyanrang tangka) ni Ono no Komachi na isinalin sa Ingles—una at pangatlong taludtod, ni Helen Craig McCullough; at pangalawa, nina Jane Hirshfield at Aratani:

    Though I visit him
Ceaselessly
    In my dreams,
The sum of all those meetings
Is less than a single waking glimpse.

    Did he appear,
because I fell asleep
    thinking of him?
If only I'd known I was dreaming
I'd never have wakened.

    Since encountering my beloved
While I dozed,
    I have begun to feel
That it is dreams, not reality,
On which I can rely.
—Posted: 9:30 AM 5/12/12 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Rosendo M. Makabali is the editor-in-chief of and the literary editor of , a website dedicated to new underground guerrilla exploratory art + literature in the new medium. He has published poetry in several Philippine print magazines and online in spread and . A few of his poems appear in Slam the Body Politik, the Revolutionary Multi-Arts, Multi-Media CD ROM released in 2004 by the Australia-based . A chapbook of his, Last Words and Other Poems, came out in 2005, as a grant under the UBOD New Authors Series project of the National Committee on Literary Arts (2001-2004) of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.
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