Para sa Namayapang Kaibigan at Kapatid…Ted Lapuz

Para sa Namayapang Kaibigan

At Kapatid…Ted Lapuz

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Hindi madali para sa iyo ang umilag sa karit

Minsan ka na ring nadaplisan…ito’y masakit

Tiniis mong sa iyong paggising tuwing umaga

Para kang nalulunod sa paghabol ng hininga.

 

Noon pa man, marami ka nang gustong gawin

Ang iba’y di natupad, matindi man ang hangarin

At tulad ng nakagawian mo, ikaw ay ‘di kumibo

Masakit man ang kalooban, hindi mo pansin ito.

 

Ang ngiti mo’t tawa ay palagi naming maaalala

Ngiting tapat, may alab, at malutong na pagtawa

Mga tanda ng isang taong ‘di gusto ang malungkot-

Kahi’t sa harap ng problema, ‘di dapat sumimangot.

 

Natatangi kang kaibigan,  bilang ama nama’y huwaran

Taong madaling pagkatiwalaan, pati na ng kalooban

Sa pakisama ay hindi mapantayan, ikaw ay pambihira

Kaya’t marami ang nanghinayang sa iyong pagkawala…

 

Ted, nanghihinayang man kami, ito ay walang lungkot

Alam naming masaya ka, nakangiti’t hindi nakasimangot

Turing namin sa iyo ay mapalad nga sa iyong paglalakbay-

At makakasama mo na rin Siya, sa walang hanggang buhay!

 

Mahal ka namin, Ted!

                                                                       

 

  (Kasama sa diwa ng tula ang kanyang pamilya, mga kapatid at kamag-anak,

   mga ka-batch – elementary, high school, college, at mga kasama niya

   sa Masonic Lodge-Tacurong. May 9, 2014)

Understanding A Friend

Understanding a Friend

(for Ted Lapuz)

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

When I extended my hand for a shake

Do I see streaks of doubt in your eyes?

I’d like to think that it’s just

The true you

That you wanted to show.

 

I know that you have tried

To find real friends

But others thought

It’s hard to grasp the real you

Until now, some still do.

 

But you’re sincere and strong

So don’t despair, my friend

You’ll prove them wrong…

 

(1979…when my friend confided, it’s not easy to move on.)

Seeing Truth and Reality…thanks to a fallen friend

Seeing Truth and Reality

…thanks to a fallen friend

(for Ted Lapuz)

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

You told me once between rounds of rum

That life is short but could be meaningful

If lived according to the Book of Man.

 

It seems, now, you said it right

As I imagine your lips with a contented smile

As if telling me,  that everything’s alright.

 

You opened my eyes to see reality

And made me live life

The way it should be lived- with sincerity

You told me, too,

To appreciate what God has given me –

Those which only He

Has all the right to take…

Thank you my friend

For letting me see –

Truth and reality.

 

(1992…during my birthday at their home.)