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Archive for December, 2013

JUAN’S NIGHTMARE

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Sleeping while inner rage brews

Inside one’s cognitive vat does not make

A sleep the fulfillment of a day’s toil.

Not for Juan the unlettered and dispossessed

Whose wretchedness is a correlate of wealth

Amassed by his other brothers whose

Purses and stocks do bulge ad infinitum.

Not for Juan. Reserved inner rage

Sooner unfolds into a thousand nightmares:

Spoiled is the timeless joy of dream’s utopia.

 

 

[Writ. 19 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

 

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FAREWELL TO A DECEASED KIN

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

History is Judge and Witness

to the truth that my heart is ne’er

A nest of

Resentment

 

for you o! deceased kin

You were never a

Creator of terror and trouble

 

nor villain are you for the anguish

you’d upon me outpoured from time to time

 

No resentment!

Be in peace as the Dove that is now

your fulfilled state.

 

Farewell!

 

 

[Writ. 11 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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CADAVER’S BIOGRAPHY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

vermin upon vermin gather in mounds

undistinguished from the morsel

felled by it’s ego’s date with Grim Ripper

 

25, 50, 100, etc

are found without names in named or unnamed

cemeteries

 

uncelebrated figures

are puzzles that are delightful to civil

libertarians’ appetites for enigmas

 

–shadows without tales

or felled bodies do have sagas of pain

or joy unaffected by the Roman slaughter

of holy and unholy souls on Golgotha’s foot

 

 

[Writ. 11 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

 

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MARSHES OF CANDABA

Erle Argonza y Delago

 

 

When hawks and other living flyers

Set foot on swampy fields for feeding

Tis a marvelous sight that glows the eyes

As mark of platonic appreciation

 

Where muddy waters used to fill

The air with constant foul-smelling vapors

And gift the neighboring men and women

With malaria and ailments and more

And leave no space that’s fertile enough

For crops and edible greens

And there vehicles run agog

When torrents bring oceanic floods

No more is this worthy of anyone’s esteem

Than to ignore it for its fecal state

 

Melons and fruits and rice now abound

In this once noxious forbidden land

No more is Hope rekindled the better

Than on the marshes of Candaba

 

Fly! Fly! Beloved Eagle to the peasant’s nest!

And laud him with your hymns of joy

For his victorious heartwarming travails on swamps

Indeed make him a true human champion.

 

 

[Writ. 06 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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POLICEMAN

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

Policeman! Throngs of multitudes are

Waiting for your return to civility!

 

On account of the erosion of your image

As a reliable enforcer of statutes

By your recalcitrant engagements in

Extortions and rackets and every condemnable

Act that are well perceived by the periscopic oculars

Of the consummate public;

 

Come home, policeman! Come home

To the moral niche of civility!

 

For to extract money from laboring motorists

Traders and pedlars who may no more

Be better than the poorest fellows

Of yours whose every cent that you

Embezzle will accrue to the rupture

Of the noblest dignity;

 

Come home, policeman! Come home

To the powerhouse of civility!

 

For to bust striking workingment or to

Train guns on dissenting marchers or to

Equate to criminal acts those that are

Worthy of appreciation as they are

Motivated by desires for justice

Will cost you your sweet acceptance

By the same people whom you ought to protect;

 

Come home, policeman! Come home to

The sanctuary of civility!

 

People are surely waiting for you

Not excluding the gunslinging predators

Who are out to snatch your life

For your treachery and malevolence.

 

[Writ. 06 June, AUF, Angeles City, Pampanga]

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