Salamat

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Sa bawat pag gising, salamat.
Maubos man ang dahon sa puno,
bukas ay may pag-asang nag aantay.
Mapagod man ang puso sa pag iyak,
may sigaw man na pumupuslit sa katahimikan.
Sa bawat sandaling ako ay Iyong tangan,
bawat luha ay biglang napaparam.
Walang agam-agam, o alinlangan-
kamay ko ay Iyong handang hawakan…

Time

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How much time do we still have on this earth to fulfill our dreams? Time to laugh and just feel free from everyday concerns in life. Time to connect with people we love and to show them how they have made a difference in our lives. Nobody knows for sure how long we have, but as we go about our daily routine, we struggle to cope with many demands imposed by society.

How many times must we postpone that walk on the beach? How many opportunities have we wasted to thank our family or friends for the things they have done for us? Must we wait until we are on the deathbed to reconcile our differences with people – or at least be at peace with whatever situation we are in?

When we hit our 40’s, we are in the middle of that graph for our life expectancy. By this time, assuming we have gone according to our plans, we have established a career, a family, finished education, or on our second phase which is a pre-retirement stage. Most of us still whack the life out of ourselves just to meet expectations of people around us. Some are painfully still caught in limbo. As  an old adage goes, life begins at forty (something) (ish) or so.

Some people are shooting stars who make it big and die young. Some do not have to sweat it out and are handed what they want on a silver platter. Some work so hard and are still stuck.

Today a realization about time came to me. I do not hold the future, and the past is gone. Today is what matters. Today I shall laugh and live as I want.

Time is all we have,
Let me spend it with you,
Hands held tight;
Can you feel me,
My soul is reaching out-
All I have is time.
I can see the laughter-
It’s written in your eyes,
Of unsaid words,
Of unsung songs,
Unspeakable dreams-
All we have is time now,
Can you still hear me?
Every minute with you,
Heals me, fills me-
I give you time,
All the lost time,
All that should’ve been-
I am here to make you
Smile and dance again;
If time will let me,
If fate will let me win,
I will give you all my time,
To keep you warm at night-
Just as you have given me
My life.

Ina

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Ina.

Di na muling iiwan,
Di na pababayaan,
Ang kamay na nag gabay,
Sa tulay ng buhay.
Ngayon ang umagang,
Masusumpungan-
Di na muling mag-iisa,
Di na lilimutin,
Sa panibagong araw,
Kamay na lumingap,
Maghihilom na,
Ang lahat ng sugat…

Sand

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Thunder underneath my feet,
My bones are weak,
Eyes longing for sleep –
It has been days, and a week (years?)

How can I still feel,
miles away and still,
Eyes glued, souls intertwined,
Memories kept in time.

I passed by to forget;
Unfold a vision without regret –
I was meant to see,
I was meant to flee –

A sight too great to behold,
a story that has to be told,
Eternally touching without hands,
Yet, bound like drifting sand.

Dorian

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Trouble.

Brewing on my mind,
Why are you so blind?
I can feel it rise –
Like a dying sun.

Brave.
Everything’s unchanged –
Billowing like waves;
Heart inside a cage.

Easier said,
Harder done my friend,
I am sailing on an empty sea –
can you still hear me?

Free.
Flying, drifting – we.
Trying hard to breathe,
A world of make believe;

Feel me.
Darling, skin on skin;
Wearing love so thin,
Burns like cold wind.

Sin.

(In the middle of a brewing storm, Dorian, Florida 9/1/2019)

About You

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The many layers of me,
wanted to know,
the many facets of you;
Each one intricate,
So intensely interested,
to see and feel –
a touch of your soul,
even the wind,
ever so gently whispers
your name,
leaves me insane,
so I die each day,
not knowing if each
piece of your many truths,
exist in harmony
with the many dreams
I have woven in my mind,
about you.

Haphazardly written in the living room. Headphones on.

 

Ama

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Salamat, Ama sa maikling panahon,
at sa pagka-taong iyong hinubog,
Gintong pangaral na mahinahon,
Ang iyong talino na nananalaytay sa aking dugo;

Walang ibang nais,
Kundi iyong katahimikan,
Saan ka man hinatid ng Maykapal,
Ama, nais kong iyong malaman;

Ang bukas man ay mailap,
Tuloy ang pagsisikap,
Sapagkat ikaw ay aking gabay,
Mapapag-tagumpayan ang buhay.

 

To our Daddy, Happy Birthday, may you have a good one in heaven 🙂

Cool-Off

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Sorry, patawad, hindi ko din mawarian,
kung bakit andito pa ako kung saan mo iniwan;
paano nga ba ang proseso, upang ika’y kalimutan?
Minsan sarili ay di ko maintindihan.

Sandaang taon na ang lumipas,
Lahat ng litrato natin ay sadyang kumupas,
Ngunit sa bawat panaginip,
Parang birong sumasagi sa isip;

Teka nga muna, kailangan nang lumisan,
May mga bagay na walang hahantungan,
Kaya’t paalam, mapagbirong wakas
Upang lisanin ang malabong bukas.

Itanong mo sa buwan nang iyong malaman,
Lahat ng di sinabi ay may kapaliwanagan,
Bawat pagdating ay may paglisan,
Tila tadhana ay nakipagbiruan lang.

#cool-off #tula #kathangisip
#contemporaryTagalog #poem

-In memory of the 1990 earthquake in Luzon that rocked my world.

Even in Winter

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Trees are all I see,
The sun keeps watching me;
Over the clouds, smiling and hovering
How can you think I have forgotten thee?
When in winter, I feel you closer?

Underneath the clouds,
You cannot be found,
And I left, bereft,
So many words unsaid.

The leaves are dead and gone,
and darkest night has come,
But dreams, it seem, can bring
Cold winter into spring.

-haiku 1/04/18

Burned (In the midst of winter)

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You can never go far, chasing a star.
It burns you, tears you apart.
If you are lucky, you can make some art. 
Yet a star feels harsh on the skin,
it sears from within.
Never let your eyes stare,
at its glare, lest you have enough air,
to breathe and live.
For the light it gives,
is painfully sweet,
and tastes of defeat.

-if you catch it, it’s worth it