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ON MEASURING LOVE

ON MEASURING LOVE

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

Love, concern and sincerest care

For the loved one and all loved fellows:

Could these be measured

Like the metered current

That powers the home?

If it were so could devotion be paid

In sheets over sheets of monies?

 

Perhaps the cats, dogs

And other wondrous pets at home

Can offer the answer:

Wondrous pets don’t count at all

Their kisses and devotion to friends

O! How they keep on giving!

They simply keep on giving!

 

 

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

 

 

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ON RETIREMENT
Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Why dream of retiring at age 60 or 65?
Has life not gloriously revealed
The exquisite beauty within you
That shines all the more
With each day of doing?
Will retirement not compel you
Into dark dens of nothingness
Push you to the brink
Of cancerous boredom that kills
In every second of its conquest?

Continue to share to all fellowmen
The sublime makings of your trade
Be these in simple or intricate form.

For Life has endowed you
With blessings aplenty
Since the first day that you saw
The undying Light of the sun.

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

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AID, MORE AID!
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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ON PITFALLS & STARS

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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