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buotan

 

gitawag tikawng buotan
kay buotan ka para nako, miga
kay di ka dawo sa imong mga ideya
pero di pud tanga para mabugalbugalan ka

What? Buotan ko? I’m not!

Sa imong pangutana ako nakapangutana
unsa man gyud diay meaning anang pulonga
nga bisan ga-layout ko diri
niundang ko para magsusi?

kibaw ta unsay buotan, di ba?
apan hangtod asa?

buotan ka ba kay mosunod ka sa sugo
bisan mura ka nag mutsatsa?

buotan ka ba kay mopasensiya
bisan pagkatawo nimo gitumban na?

buotan ka ba kay manggihatagon ka
bisan pamlete, sa tinuod lang, wa na?

usa ray gituhoan nako, miga
tanan tawo buotan ug boang
kung wa ka gisapot, buotan ka
kung sapoton ka, palayo nalang ta.

sa dagan aning suwata, 
hasta ako galibog na
buotan, unsa na?
aw, basta!

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humming

Oh my mouth has kept its peace

But my mind is full
of dark-colored words
ready, ever ready
to be sputtered
any given full second

Yet my heart
yearns so much peace nowadays
wants to fill my head with soft whispers
of security, love, calmness…
She secures the mouth, she reassures the mind

To become what is wanted to become
must come with a price
and mighty a price it is–
keep the mouth closed.

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Sa kalaay ako hapit na moangay
Huyatid way limit
Manghuy-ab sa kainit

Pastilan ning kinabuhi
Sa way masapi
Sige lag Facebook, Google, WordPress
Mga tuldo hapit na mangnigpis

Gutom na kay tingpaniudto
Unya kay gasalig na man lang ko
Ang kaikog daw ikog na gyud
Gihigot na sa akong tiyan ug likod
Aron ang kabuhi di moipsot

Kung hangtod kanus-a ni
Wa pa gyud mahibaw-i
Unsaon ta man
Lisod mangita og panginabuhian

Minstras tanto
Bisan ideya di ingon ana kamaayo
Mag-Internet lang sa, pang-alibyo
Sa kasingkasing nga gahuot
Sa tiyan nga gakutoy.

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Patukari ko

og Buloy

sa Parokya ni Edgar

samtang matulog ko

hangtod sa kahangtoran

 

handoma ko

sama ni Buloy

sa good times lang

ayaw sa sad

handoma ko

nga nagngisi

gabahakhak

og katawa

 

Wa ko nanungo

last will ra ni nako

niay listahan

sa mga artista sa

ganahan kong mga kanta

pwede nimong ipatukar

sa matag gabii

nga makahunahuna ka

 

Eraserheads

Paramore, Taylow Swift

Miley Cyrus

Dolly Parton

ug mga kantang Binisaya

labi na ang Alas Kwatro

 

I’ll be there

while naminaw ka

ay’ lag kahadlok

di ta ka kalagon

taparan ra tika

while ako mokanta.

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To remember you
is to smile
and be brave
and to stop
rooting for beer

–is to live
the carefree life
of idle chats
videoke
and to read
forevermore

—means books–
heavy, musty,
real, and yellow;

—means stories and fun,
friendship,
and loud laughter

Every 4th of July
your smile comes back
and so does your Robert Frost

thank you
for that steal at a jeopardy game
for standing up for me
twice on my wedding days

you know
I am never good with words
just with laughter and tears

happy birthday in peace!

 

~for Bong

***The 4th of July is Bong’s birthday. I want to remember him that way. He’s a dear friend to me. He did not turn his back when I needed a back-up. I didn’t ask a lot; but during those rare moments, he was there…not missing, not even late. He’s one of the smartest guys I know. He signed as a witness to my civil wedding. He fell asleep on the court bench while waiting for the judge to start the ceremony. He came to my second wedding as one of the secondary sponsors and was a godfather to my firstborn. He passed away last year, near the end of June. I have known he’s got illness he’s been carrying around since college days.

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Leave me be

my journey has just started

to weave the weak threads

to make a strong hemp.

 

I have forgotten

the rudiments

of the prayerful,

the source

of such wonder,

the luster

of that wonder.

 

Leave me be

alone

to sail away

without a pole.

 

Don’t

impose,

push, or pull me

out of your imagined

pyre of the unbelievers.

 

I believe I am lost;

but in losing I found

I belong.

 

Leave me be

I will find my way through the dark.

Somehow, I will come to see light.

 

My dark hours are

of no sense,

incomprehensible,

idiotic,

unreasonable.

 

Yet it is all I am

and no one but me.

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to the Wall

my own walk

along the top

of a crumbling wall

through the twists and turns

through the storm of tears

and the thunder of laughters

 

perhaps I was mad

to scale it over

and over again

to walk again and be pushed

and be pushed once more

 

i have clung

to the side

my hands nowhere

my head pressing

hard on the top

the rest

a dangling thread

 

perhaps I was mad

to smile

amid the crush

of my skull

 

as I walk

away from the wall

I pray for solace

for air and wings

for the elements of sanity

to come back to me

and bear me

to my end of days

 

 

**A wall is supposed to be a protection from the harmful elements of the outside world.
A wall is supposed to be standing–a supportive structure. However, reality bites. Walls can crumble down. Walls may stand through time–like a statue, like a tombstone–cold and emotionless.

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