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Bro. Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Why pump the lifeblood

Of poor nations with Aid

From modern Titans?

 

This Aid’s a footstool of Ceasar.

‘Tis nothing but cancer that encroaches

Upon the weak body of the recipient:

Eroded are the remaining vestiges

Of moral strength for the Poor’s will

To rise from the maelstrom of wretchedness;

‘Tis the fattest of parasites

That rapidly saps all nourishment

From the Poor’s ulcerated belly;

‘Tis an aromatic essence

That later reveals its baneful powers

To asphyxiate the struggling breather

Towards Hamlet sleep.

 

For by now victims ought to recognize

When abominable vampires strike;

Blood loss in such sucking vein is much too different

From blood gained from an altruistic donor.

 

[Writ. 04 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Man,

                In times when mind’s soaked

                in an intoxicating concoction

                of rage and fiery resentment

ought not battle against pitfalls

 

that are really no pitfalls

when gauged against virtues

that they unintendedly unlock

 

for such virtues are ever present

in the labyrinth of pursuits

awaiting to float to the surface

of riverine Existence

 

no matter how inconspicuous these are;

they are stars that are forever

habituating the firmaments

in grandiose beauty,

 

                despite dark clouds

                despite dark clouds

 

[Writ. 02 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Actions of a kind

And those of others

Ever demand a plethora of decisions

Whether erroneous to some quarters

Or righteous to the rest.

The mind fulfills the thinking

Balanced with the doing

In a majestic rhythm

Of poetry and calculus,

Tempered by Justice

And the quest of the Will,

Astride the vehicle of Wisdom

Fueled by noble Inspiration,

It measures the outcome

Whether least appealing or best.

 

[Writ. 02 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Songbird of the country

Please sing your tunes tirelessly

On valleys and hills

Sing afloat your theatre of amusement!

 

You are forever rewarded

With rice, shelter, care

By humble folks who truly cherish you.

 

Sing!

Sing for them! – the poor and wretched—

 

                They who were left forlorn

                By trusted lords

                By false guardians of welfare

                By deified magnates;

                They who are now casting

                New lives for themselves

                New hopes toward betterment.

 

O! Songbird so dear!

Lift them up from slumber!

 

[Writ. 26 May 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Bro. Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

O! Aspiration!

You majestic road

To where all are brought

To fate’s myriad conclusions,

 

You are beheld

As a plane in Pythagoras’ universe

Contained in Euclid’s space

A foot away to grasp in an instance.

 

Yet how come that you,

In each one’ pathway

Seem millions of miles away,

Far beyond anyone’s reach?

 

O! Aspiration!

Please don’t appear as any

Unconquerable chimera

To willful beings

To the willful.

 

[Writ. 26 May 1988, Proj.8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Well they do

Carry you

To your travel’s destination

 

These tricycles

Jeepneys

Ferries

 

Hallmarks of tropical Filipiniana

Whose travel trails are mixtures

Of well paved avenues

And dusty rugged roads

 

They do make your tours

Altogether fascinating and crucifying

 

Even as the good buses

Flashy yatch and jet planes

That cater your travels

Lead your ocular organs to witness

The tapestry of wretchedness

And inertia of blighted villages

That altogether inevitably erases

The shangrilaic imageries about the tropics

That may gather in your mind

Like clouds over the Sierra Madre

That the Pacific wind eagerly dissolves.

 

[Writ. 09 Oct. 1987, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.] 

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Bro. Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Cheerfulness

Is never allowed to be dormant

Among children

In whose currents it

Freely flows

When it erupts

Like sunbursts

That all other cosmic bodies

Gladly accept

As life blessings.

 

[Writ. 09 Oct. 1987, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

 

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