papa osmubal
Ikit da reng sabla
wa, ing sabla ikit da

Keng sapang mabilis mulayi
sinaluk yang mimuang api

At kusang bilus na ngan
keng kanakung kanuan—

Anya pin ing kanakung panimanman
meging yang milalablab a kadayat-malatan

A mitmung dalit a makisuksuk
ampong suksuk a makidalit
Todo o mundo o viu
sim, tudo o viu

Quando lhe escavou fogo furioso
dum rio fogoso

Que lhe derramou
na minha cabeça—

Assim a minha alma
tornou-se um oceano ardente

De canções cheio de espinhos

e de espinhos cheio de canções
Nakita siya ng lahat
oo, nakita ng lahat

Mula sa matulin na sapa
siya'y sumalok ng apoy na balisa

Na kanyang ipinaligo
sa aking noo—

Kaya't ang aking kahinahunan
ay naging nagliliyab na karagatan

Ng mga awit na puno ng tinik
at ng mga tinik na puno ng awit

*Ining kawatasan linikas neng Papa Osmubal keng Kapampangan, Portuges, ampong Tagalog, ibat keng kayang lalang a kawatasan keng Ingglis a mayayawus "John" a melimbag keng Philippine Graphic anyang April 2001. Ing Ingglis ("John") sinulat neng Papa Osmubal labing-pitung banua na ing milabas keng Seminaryu ning Kristong Ari (Christ the King Seminary) keng Lungsud ning Quezon.
—Posted 8:21 PM 2/28/10 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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