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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Few have heart for the out-migrant

Few recognize the grinding hardships faced

In strange lands

Few sympathize yet so many beg

For the migrant’s gift when home

S/he comes –the rich person

Overnight. Overnight is saved money

Sucked too by bloodsucking kins

And neighbors and all.

Never mind the possible abuses

Or racist exploitations encountered

The compatriots surely have heart

When the migrant gives, when

And only when wine flows

And songs are sung upon arrival, when

Home is filled up by multitudes

Home is fiesta’s venue everyday!

The migrant’s absence makes people

Caricature him/her and kins

As a malignant felon.

No, nobody sympathizes with the migrant

Just wait till s/he arrives, when

The sky showers with Imeldific graces

Happy are kins and friends

Happy is government too

Happy is the merchant

Happy is everyone but

The migrant.

[Writ. 04 June 1991, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

To serious thinkers an X unknown

is the sum of financial technocrats

and foreign debtors

but to the paupered lot

the sum means

more tasty diets consisting

of liver flukes

of ascaris

of tuberculosis

of kwashiorkor

of bronchopneumonia

of pinworms

of schistosomiasis

A sum of parasites

is always equal to parasites

and nothing less

[Writ. 04 June 1991, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]



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 Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Fine, fine is the guerilla

knows s/he that the hinterland

is an infernal zone

where the enemy’s textbook lessons

seem like lost dots and dazed calculi

in a wildly vast encyclopedia

Fine, fine is the guerilla

s/he the master of warfare’s laws

of cunny maneuvers

amid tricky foliages and fields

The guerilla

Just like culture heroes

Is a sung hero

[Writ. 04 June 91. Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

O! Eager artist!

Benign sib of the dusk

Vessel of the spirit of imageries

The dusk—

Is this your fraternal twin

Who reminds you always

Of your noble mission?

You are a speaker

And audio system fused

As one

Before the world

Your absence to many means

A worldless world, lifeless life

The dusk always reminds you

That salads of ideas are

Concocting

In your mind

Waiting to be revealed

[Writ. 04 June 91, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Morning is a wondrous haven

It emboldens me to beg the plants around

Tell me where’s the heavenly gate

That leads me, leads me

To the folds of Aphrodite

With whom I can best fashion queries

About the whereabouts of my sweet

Lifetime partner

For indeed weary had I grown

I am disdained by time and fate

Faulted though I am guiltless

I simply hasn’t seen the least chimera

Of my love desire even if ‘tis were

But a mere chimera 

[Writ. 03 June 1991, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

You sweetest Lady are my benign talisman

A billion bewitching charmers combined

Your Aphroditean countenance makes

The mind-rending world of peoples

A magical Eden alive

No more can poetry fathom

Your limitless charm and glow

You are to me the endless narrative

All epics’ visions fulfilled at last

[Writ. 27 May 91, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago 

Indeed O! sweetest lady

Sweeter still than honey and wine

Whom Dionysos frenzies for delightfully

With whom all men are enthralled by

You gorgeous sight

You are the soothing wave that massages

My tired heart, tired in searching

For you and no one but you

Come forth!

Bring our foreshadowed fusion

To its marvelous close!

[Writ. 27 May 1991, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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