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CROCODILES AND GRAFTERS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

I was raised to believe
That corrupt people
Are crocodiles.
Funny mis-thought!

Crocodiles are a marvel
To the eyes
Grafters are most scornful
They redden one’s eyes

Crocodiles stop eating
Satiated after
Sumptuous meal
Grafters are
Insatiable eaters
Fattened by greed

Crocodiles don’t eat
Spoiled meal
Like fishkill carcass
Grafters are zombies
Of living carcass
Living on others’ pockets

Crocodiles’ extinction
Make people uproar
Concerned over crocs’ welfare
Grafters’ extinction
Is the great dream
Of all for peoples’ welfare

Crocodiles induce compassion
Grafters heat up passion

They are
Not
Identical

[Philippines, 07 August 2011]

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CAYLABNE BAY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

In the 3rd quarter of 1993 to recall
Did I visit Caylabne Bay with a large entourage
Of professors & experts from state & NGOs

For three days convening in a picturesque tour site
Created by former 1st Lady Marcos in the historic town
Where once Sultan of Ternate once settled
After running away from marauding Dutch forces

Wondrous a place holistic enough for meditations
We reflected on the health human resources here
Worried we were all by the flights of health professionals
Brain drain a phenomenon as they settle overseas
As huge as two thirds of nurses and a fourth of doctors
Then conjured thoughts about studies on the subject
With undersecretary Jimmy Tan gracing the occasion
Tough work twas for us all ditto for me who facilitated
Workshops comprising of brilliant minds

To soften the toughness of talk & thought
We immersed in the warm pools for two straight nights
Swimming amidst rain downpours of a stormy month
Massaging our bodies with Jacuzzi to conclude parties
Sipping wines & beers to go with hand pick delicacies

Happy I was to be in this wondrous tour place
To immerse shortly in the spirit of an ancient sultan
For in my blood runs too the bloodline of Majapahit nobles
Spiced up we were for noble visions

[Philippines, 03 August 2011]

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WILD PIG HUNTING

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Shooting wild boar can be exhilarating yet funny
But shooting a wild mother sow could bother conscience

Twas on my second return to southern California in 2001
That my sibling Emerald and myself went out to hunt
For wild game/pig to gun down and take home as meat

In a southern California hilly area did we go to
Paid the fee we parked the Bronco on ground
Then walked a-zigzag downhill curving in the way
Slowly we walked downwards yet till I sensed a presence
By my mystical faculties I knew our hunt was there
And indeed upon turning right downwards there it was
A family with sow suckling its baby pigs

Hurrying up yet slowly walking onwards
Bro Emerald aimed to shoot at the sow
Taking just a shot to execute the hunt twas over
At once the sow fell while the baby pigs scampered
Then the small truck of the game area owner arrived
There we loaded the felled sow as we drove along
Upon transferring the game to our Bronco
We went home feeling both victorious and guilty

So healthy a meat it was to recall
Of pork with nary a fat to parlay its skin underneath
Exquisitely tasty we gradually consumed it for two weeks
Even as we gave many a piece to family friends
And partying we too barbecued some of it
To go along with tequila and Tecate beers

[Philippines, 28 July 2011]

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FRIED BEETLES, FROGS, LIZARDS

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

In my old hometown of once idyllic Tuguegarao

Did I learn to eat as culinary dishes of exotic claim

 

Fried beetles caught from slumbering farms

Same species that swarmed the fecals of livestock

Trapped they’re thereafter prepared for the cook

With lard boiling up to destroy bacteria

Concluded with deliciously smelling delicacy

 

Fried frogs from dark species coming from farms

Croaking still while they’re being prepared for caldron

Skinned so exquisitely and looking funny they’re then

Immersed in pepper & soy sauce & garlic

Then boiled in hot lard to cook & kill germs too

Concluded served as adobo-type delicatessen

 

Fried monitor lizard of size huge to match big rooster

Caught too from farms right in my hometown

Then brought to home prepared thus for cooking

Skinned and cut out so exquisitely too

Immersed likewise in soy sauce & pepper & garlic

Then immersed in caldron of fiery lard

Concluded thus a wonderful delicacy it is adobo lizard

 

No more do I eat fried beetles today

But surely my stomach can still intake frogs & lizards

They I can proudly present to guests and observers

 

[Philippines, 23 July 2011]

 

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