abel d. soto
AWAKENED REFUSALS
I refuse to be confined with the little
words preserved in your pouch.
I will not be subdued by your pleasures.
You must address me from deep in your belly,
with a noise I cannot flout.

Render me with letters etched through
my flesh to enmesh with my insides.
Invent words for me.
Let the consonants march on your tongue and onto mine.
Allow vowels to trundle along your cheeks.

Wail with me, in those passing secret moments.
Build small havens, out of rejected fleeting tastes,
and Iíll remain with you...here and there.
Your words have to survive alone
in a room and be their own entity.

Guide me into different creations,
where I unmask and transform
into a being beneath myself,
the self that sits in the beat of my heart
and pump of my veins.

We will become the beings from our own tales
and own the paths we walk upon.
                               I stay to be awakened.
PAMANDALAQUIT
Ing bie catmu yang pamandalaquit
Painturu caring bague e mangalapit.

Magumpisa ngan quing caratunan
At quing aguiag na ning cabilian.

Malisuas tamuít e mipasno
Pauli da ring bagueng e malino.

Magdulap ya ing pusu ampon ing isip
Caring maulaga a quing pusu macalilip.

Midalaquit ca man, nucarin ing parasan?
Burianan mu caya ing quecang dasnan?

Pacapilinan ta sa ing quecatang dalanan
Bitasan taíng ustu at pacagunaman.

Uling dacaíla pin ring ituru dang dalan
Dapot e na balang dalan ating banal a parasan.

Daun yang aus da, caring aldo ring caladua
Pauli na ning midaun ya, minunang dili ing bie na.

Quing pamandalaquit na, mibuclat ya ing banua
Ban ring sablang caladua, midalaquit la naman sana.
—Posted: 6:30 PM 11/4/2014 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Abel D. Soto took up his certificatory double major course in Creative Writing and Performing Arts at Centre for Arts Foundation, Inc. in Quezon City. He also finished the Managing the Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He is a resident of Bacolor, Pampanga.
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