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GO IMMORTAL!
(For Lino Brocka)

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

The body dies, not the person.
Gone is your body alright

As birds announce at night
That gone is the sun
They ought to rest.

Your person, ‘tis a sublime conveyor
Of manifold messages and undying lore
Letters that spoke clearly to the unlettered
And the unlettered, to the lettered
Person is the perfect herald of life
The unlettered at last had eyes
And ears that stretched out to
Infinite worlds a-speaking: we ought make
Justice work finely, infinitely.

Go now, immortal!
Merge with the immense field of the kosmos!
A field without brims
Like you are to your fellowmen.
Rested and gone, be assured
The world will sing tunes of praises
For you a truly glorious countenance
You are a marvelous anthem remembered
Forever.

[Writ. 24 May 91, Cubao,Quezon City, M.Manila]

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CANINE IS GONE

CANINE IS GONE

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

They took him away from me
This canine friend of mine
Whose time a-living was tied up to me
We were one a-corded knot
When ‘twas of tender age ‘twas one
Nurtured by me with a peer’s affection

Upon its
Bathing
Tanning
Defacating
Urinating
I was there on the dot for these tasks
So was there this loving canine to police
The night for kins and myself

Gone it is, stolen
So is the cord broken
And my heart beaten.

[Writ. 15 May 91, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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SUMMER’S DAY

SUMMER’S DAY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Warm is the day of summer.
The city’s drenched with sweat
Much more for humans
Sweats abound as unwanted flies
On the surface of sticky skin
Sticky is the summer’s day.

Warm yet blessed is the summer’s day.
The hot sun indeed bakes the skin a-gruel
Yet so does it burn all malignant germs
They quiver like it were their last
Winter, on a summer’s day
The signs of sickness shy away.

The body is a sturdy rock
Unreached by echoes of ailments
Only echoes of joy a-fleeting on a summer’s day.

[Writ. 15 May 1991, Cubao, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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