papa osmubal
ING MACUDTA: CAUATASAN CARENG ATLUNG AMANU
(CAPAMPANGAN, PORTUGES, AMPONG TAGALOG)*
(Capampangan)
MACUDTA
Queng pecamacatacut a tau a batu pusu
quea irungut iu cu.
Quea maquisabi cu
(ali, ali queng paralan ning isip cu!)
queng paralan ning cacung pusu—
ing pusu ia iti ing tatalan
queng pecamatibe cabiasnan,
ing pusu ia iti ing balaian
ning pecamasalang aslag a e matatda dit man.
Lauan iu man nung e ia malaso
(anting candilang macatalacad queng aping cacalucu),
at nung ali ia, nung cusa iang e malaso,
suatan me ing Guinung Bat-ala—
ing guinaua't linalang queng Caladua't Diua
at queng Siuala at queng Mua.
(Portuges)
POETA
Manda-me ao déspota
que é mais terrível desta terra.
Eu falar-lhe-ei
(não com a minha mente!)
com o meu coração—
o coração tem razão
mais infalível,
o coração tem a flama
mais infecciosa.
Veja por si mesmo se ele vai ser fundindo
(como uma vela a frente dum barulhento forno),
se não, se ele não vai ser fundindo,
dá culpa ao Deus—
o Fantasista que concebeu a Alma
e Canção e Raiva.
(Tagalog)
MAKATA
Sa pinakakinatatakutang tao na may pusong-bato
sa kaniya'y iharap ninyo ako.
Siya'y kakausapin ko
(hindi, hindi sa pamamagitan ng isip ko!)
sa paraan ng aking puso—
ang puso ang siyang may tangan
sa pinakamatibay na katalinuan,
ang puso ang siyang tahanan
ng liwanag na hindi maglalaho kailanman.
Tingnan ninyo kung di siya guguho
(tila kandilang sa tapat ng nangangalit na apoy nakatayo),
at kung hindi, kung sakaling hindi siya gumuho—
sumbatan mo si Panginoong Bathala—
ang gumawa't may-lalang ng Tinig at Diwa,
at ng Ngitngit at Kaluluwa.

*Ini nang cauatasan linicas neng Papa Osmubal queng Capampangan, Portuges ampong Tagalog, ibat queng queang lalang queng Ingglis a maiaiaus "Bard" a melimbag queng Philippine Graphic aniang ca-9 ning Abril, banuang 2001.
—Posted 9:42 AM 6/14/10 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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