papa osmubal

Ikatamu ing migigiligit a Angin —Tristan Tzara
Keti ing ambun
dalig yang makapal—
makapal yang makapal
masikan yang masikan
           alang kapaniwalan
           ing kanini makalasak
               alang kaisipan
               ing keni makalub

Ing angin
               metung yang dada

Ing angin
               ya pin i Kungfusiu

Ing angin
               sisitsit ya

Ing angin
               Isik ya

Ing angin
               ya ing amanu ku

Ing angin
                       ya ing siwala ku

Ing angin
durugpa ya keng dikutan

Pawuli ning angin
ing dikutan maging yang karanasan

Keng dikutan ing angin mikakatawan ya
a mayayakit kareng lubas a mata

Ing angin
durugpa ya keng sapa

Ing sapa
maging yang salamin

Ing sapa metung yang salamin
a ating katakatang larawan

Durugpa ing makapal a ambun
keng sapa

Ing danum
midudukitan yang amanu
Ing sapa
midudukitan yang siwala

Ing sapa
midudukitan yang dakal a lupaŚ

Lupang mayayakit
ken mung paninap ku

Nandin pang bagya
dinalan ya ing metung a manasik

Binatiyon ke
Makanyan binatiyon naku mu naman

Minisip ku
nung nanung isipan na.

Minisip ya naman kaya
nung nanu ing isipan ko?

Kabang lalawan keng lalakad palawut
mumultuwan naku ning kayang katayimikan.

*Osmubal's English version of this poem appears at Poor Mojo's Almanac(k)
—Posted 4:03 PM 2/1/10 by eK! | Post Your Comment!

About the author. Papa Osmubal is Oscar Balajadia of Magalang (Well, don't get fooled by that name), now a Macau resident (Sorry, where?) and married to a Chinese local (How? How come? Why?). He has been a Catholic seminarian (OK, he once opened a book at an exam in Latin and Romance Languages—but who in frigging hell did not?), a Catholic missionary (Oh, the rosary is the answer to our country's economic problems and to your alcoholism and addiction to nicotine!), a bookstore staffer (Yes, sir, listen here, we know it is urgent, so your book is on its way from Guangzhou and will be here in 8 months!), a librarian (Oh, it's Friday the 13th and I am not putting 666 as Dewey call number on this bloody book!), and a teaching assistant (OK, pal, I know you prepared for the exams so I will check and mark them!). He is currently a teacher (yawn) and has an M.A. in English Studies (yawn even more, nod off, and then snore) from the University of Macau (sorry again, where?).
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