Ode to Mother Earth

Ode to Mother Earth

by Apolinario Villalobos

 

Looking back when time began

God said the words

Giving life to all

That He desired,

The endless expanse of the void

Was filled with motley specks

That moved with harmony –

A prodigious task

Of the Almighty.

 

A tiny dot in the universe

Mother Earth throbbed with life

As God made her a living sphere

Covered with green and blue

All part of God’s grandiose plan

Done in a few days of divine toil,

Though, He rested finally,

Being satisfied at last

On the seventh day.

 

Out of a handful dust from her womb

God made Adam, by such name he was called

And with God’s breathe of life

What was once a lump with limbs

Has become like Him in image

And let to roam the Garden of Eden.

But then, loneliness soon had its toll

Which when God has perceived –

From Adam’s rib, He made Eve.

 

Alas! Mother Earth now nurtured

Not only lesser creatures

But the pair that God made

In His own image;

A paradise, Eden was supposed to be

But to it, a serpent found its way

Tempting Eve to have a taste of ecstasy

And, no sooner than she did have a bite

She made Adam commit the same apostasy!

 

The blunder made by Adam and Eve

Instigated the misery of Mother Earth

As they opened the floodgate of afflictions

That soon blemished her once pristine face;

Greed and selfishness, for long led lives –

Cain putting to death his own brother Abel

And many others whose names are written

On the sacred pages of the age-old Book

And all it needs is for us is to take a serious look.

 

And it is so sad,

As warnings that Mother Earth belched

In her effort to wake man up with a jolt

Did not budge him even just a bit…

 

 

Ang Maging Bakwet (Tula with photos)

Ang Maging *Bakwet

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang maging bakwet ay mahirap, iba’y hindi yan alam

Buhay ay walang direksyon at sikmura ay  kumakalam

Animo mga hayop na sa kwadra ay pilit pinagkakasya

Ganitong tanawin, sa evacuation centers ay makikita.

 

Animo mga preso na sa pagkuha ng pagkain ay nakapila

Dala’y plastic na pinggan, mangkok, kung minsan ay lata

May mapaglagyan lang ng pagkaing kung iabot ay padabog –

Kung minsan, dahil sa pagod ng volunteer, pati isip ay sabog.

 

May nilalagay na mga kubetang ilang oras lang ay puno na

Kaya’t kawawa, ibang tagaktak ang pawis sa peligrong dama

Hindi alam kung saan magparaos, dahil wala man lang puno

Kaya’t ang ginagawa, kandangiwi ang mukha sa pagtalungko.

 

May mga dumadating, mga concerned daw, bitbit nama’y camera

Yon pala mga larawang “kawawa” ang dating, gustong makuha

Maibalita na sila’y nakarating sa evacuation center, may naiiyak-

Mga mapagkunwaring “maawain”, mga hangal, dapat mabuldyak!

 

Ang masakit, mga relief goods na handa na sanang  ipamudmod

Subali’t dahil wala pa si presidente o secretary, ito muna’y na-hold

Kaya’t sa ilalim ng masanting na init ng araw, lahat ay nagsitiyaga

Makakuha lang ilang pirasong noodles, bigas, tuyo, pati na delata.

 

Animo mga hayop, kung sila’y ituring sa mga masikip na bakwetan

Mga expired na pagkain, sa kanila kung ibigay, walang pakundangan

At tulad ng inaasahan, gobyernong lokal at ang ahensiyang **DSW

Nagtuturuan kung sino ang may sala, sino sa kanila ang pasimuno.

 

Pareho lang ang buhay saan mang bakwetan, saan man sa bansa

Maging sa Luzon, Visayas, o Mindanao, mga bakwet ay kaawa-awa

Ginagamit ng mga pulitiko, maski ibang grupong sabi ay relihiyoso

Mga taong ganid sa katanyagan, maitim ang budhi, walang modo!

 

(*evacuee, **Department of Social Welfare)

 

 

Emma (tula para kay Emma P. Jamorabon)

EMMA

(para kay Emma P. Jamorabon)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Sa mga mata niyang animo ay nangungusap

Walang katapat na kasiyahan ang mababanaag

At sa matinis niyang boses, ang kausap na nagagalit

Huhupa, sa damdami’y nag-uumapaw na pagngangalit.

 

Mapagmahal na kabiyak, inang walang katulad

Sa mga kaibigan ay mapagbigay, kahit siya’y kapos

At handang magsakripisyo sa abot ng makakaya niya

Kapalit na pagtitiis ay buong puso niyang hindi alintana.

 

Mga huling yugto ng kanyang buhay na nauupos

Inalay sa mapagmahal na Inang Mariang sinandalan

Kaya kahit sa pagkaratay, hirap man siya sa paghinga

Katiwasayan ay maaaninag sa mala-birhen niyang mukha. 

 

Sa kanyang maaliwalas na pamamaalam sa mundo

Ipinahiwatig niyang sa Diyos tayo ay dapat magtiwala

Dahil sa buhay nati’y Siya lang ang nakakaalam ng lahat

Lalo na ang mitsa nito’t sinding may taning ….

Kung hanggang kaylan lamang sapat.

 

(Alay ng nagmamahal na pamilya, mga kaibigan at naging estudyante, lalo na ang NDTC Boys’ High School Batch ’70.)

 

 

The Writer

The Writer

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

A true writer should be sensitive to the feelings of others, be they read as expressly written or viewed as shown through actuations. He should be able to develop any form of literary expression out of spoken words or written “bullet statements”. With facebook as an example, an adept writer should be able to develop a poem out of the comments on a certain posted photo. Comments about the photo are the “thoughts” of the facebook owner who posted it and a poem that is developed out of them by a writer should be rightly attributed to him….the writer being just the “editor”.

 

The writer should not constrain himself from writing the name of the source of the thoughts in the byline of a literary expression, be it a poem or an essay. Many people are frustrated writers and poets. They have thoughts that float in their mind, but they just do not know how to capture them. They may enumerate the words down but they do not know which to put ahead of the rest, which of them to comprise the content, and which word to end their presentation. This is where the writer-friend comes in….lend a hand….put substance to the words or discerned thoughts that are not yet expressed but are expected, as feelings are universal and interpretations vary only according to situation, but words are the same.

 

Some people show signs of literary talent but are shy to let them out. Their latent talent is discerned through the kind of words that they use in making comments on facebook posts or in the way they use them. These are the people who should be given utmost understanding. In the end, if the effort has made somebody happy, exert more of it….help many more shy people. This is what a “writer” should do…encourage others to express themselves.

Ang Kaunlaran

ANG KAUNLARAN

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Mga nagtatayugang gusali sa lunsod

Nagliliparang mga sasakyan

Mga ilaw na nakakasilaw

Kaya’t gabi’y parang araw.

 

Mga kamangha-manghang kagamitan

Sa mga tao ay nakakaagapay

Kaya’t buhay na guminhawa

Dapat pasalamatang biyaya.

 

Subali’t kasabay ng natamong ginhawa

Kapalit naman ay pagkalimot

Na sa likod ng mga natamo-

May ISANG naglalang ng mundo…

MUNDONG  NASAULALA…

AT, ANIMO’Y NAGAHASA!

 

Notes:

Nakakaagapay – helps, big help, assists

Naglalang – created

Nasalaula – abused, exploited, “binaboy”

In the Name of Love (poem)

Happy Hearts Day!

 

 

In the name of Love…

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

In the name of love…

Kilometric lines of praise can be uttered

Mountains of words can be piled

Tsunamic throbs can be sighed

And stones can come to life.

 

In the name of love…

Chilling nights can simmer with warmth

Swaying leaves can turn to fairies

That dance with delightful grace

And undulate with the breeze.

 

In the name of love…

Even the scrawny twigs can bear flowers

Grass made brown by searing sun

Can turn into cool green, so calm –

Under the sky’s cerulean expanse.

 

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Pagmamahalang Walang Hanggan (para kay Linda at Gil Carolino)

Pagmamahalang Walang Hanggan

(para kay Linda at Gil Carolino)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Madali ang magpakita ng pagmamahal

Napakadali ring mag-alay ng mga regalo

At ang magpahiwatig ng tinitibok ng puso

Subali’t mahirap ang tumupad ng mga pangako.

 

May nangangakong pipitas ng mga bituin

Nang sa kandungan ng nililiyag ay maialay

May pangakong katumbas naman ay buhay

Mga pangakong halos kanilang iwinawagayway.

 

Subali’t iba ang namuong pagmamahalan

Sa pagitan nina Linda at Gil na napakatibay

Katatagan nito’y ‘di nangangailangan ng suhay

Dahil nakatakda sa kapalaran nila habang buhay.

 

Pag-ibig na walang hanggan ang natupad

May namayapa man, ang naiwa’y nangako

Na ano man ang mangyari, hindi siya susuko

Matindi man ang sakit, iindahin ng kanyang puso!

 

Ang walang hanggang pag-ibig at pagmamahal

At walang katumbas na makamundong yaman

Alay ni Gil sa nag-iisang Linda upang patunayan –

Ang nakaukit sa puso niya ay kanyang pangalan!