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MANILA IMPERIALISM?

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

Then was I a leader among teachers

In the 90s decade it came this tall task

For which called was I to make rounds

Of mentors ‘round the country to glee

That aura of mine inspires them to reveree

 

Then came this news conference in Bacolod

Where I was introduced as man from Manila

Then exclaimed the tv man to shame

That I am agent of Manila imperialism cold!

 

Shocked as I was and infuriated likewise

Did I regain control of my composure

I was a leader among teachers across the land

Not a local agent of Manila nor its fens

 

Yet surely there are those who build discord

From petty and asinine viewpoints they breed

Unable to see the world in larger clime

They will perish with shame and dirty slime

 

[Philippines, 15 November 2010]

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MASCOTA

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

 

The day has just begun.

Here in my studio flat the air reverbs

With notes of dance music from disco fame

Preparing my psyche for the gym time waitin’.

 

From here I’m transported back to the 60s.

A tot I was then watching Ybanag culture

From my curious yet ignorant social focals.

There to wallow a bit as my Grandpa struts

The humble sala of our rising new home

Displaying with gusto the music of mascota

Dances with my Grandma to savor eternity

Of merriment and glowful likings for cultural spree

Of our locality we call by thee: Ybanag.

 

[Philippines, 08 November 2010]

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NEW EARTH RISING

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

My old sociology notes have taught me well

Old worlds do pass to give way to new realms

Barely passing away the old world’s womb a-bear

The new world birthing so fresh as a babe

 

Likewise did I digest the lessons high

From mystic science come forth parallel notes

Of how a planet might be crashed to lows

Till density reached scratch bottom as we are

And then by deeds of benign divinities

Send forth multiple Buddhas gurus saints

Same planet finally moves up back to higher climes

A-born the old world perishes to oblivion’s cask

 

Fulfilled in tasks the starry souls do now proclaim

The old Earth dies so soon to make its claim

In history writ ‘tis done its role so clear

To give way now to new Earth arising near

Shaken off Earth’s back as lands recast

Turbulent waters washing dirt of older mast

Till past catastrophe as any newborn babe a-pass

The new Earth to nourish new races en masse

 

As new humanity unveils the virtues o’ jewels

Shall birds and mammals be more tame like sibs

No more will foul zoology nor vegetation be

As all of life forms croon blend in harmony

 

Arise! New Earth! Go forth to claim your place

In cosmic history seat in Halls of Grandeur

Happy will be Almighty One at last for thy ascent

That lower worlds shall later emulate with honor

 

[Philippines, 06 May 2010]

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THANKSGIVING ALMIGHTY CREATOR

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

O! Father-Mother! Holiest of all Divinities!

Let this humble rishi offer thoughts of praises

Thank Thee so much for graces wisdom will

For inspiration care compassion Self to wean

 

Behold! This humble soul had climbed the heights

Thanks to the opportune moments bounties too

The will to shape myself like sculptor crafting

The Self from rough stone sculpted now so fine

 

Till finally at sojourn’s end am a Star at last

My Light Body activated shining like lantern

So mighty a Being is this Oversoul of mine

Can heal and take down devils with balls of Light

 

Ensue yet my own humble missions of hands on

Spread the holy Teaching to enthused seekers

Protect them mighty well from demons hostile

Till they move forward ascend to higher climes

 

What more to say to my true Father-Mother

Immeasurable love and graces always offered

Like cascading waters graces nourished me

Never in want as I’ve to missions ensued

 

A zillion thanks o! Mother-Father o’ all!

More thanks to come as sojourn more will I

One day to do more missions upon thy calling

To Thee a humble servant will I ever be

 

[Philippines, 05 May 2010]

 

 

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THANKSGIVING SIRIUS

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

O! Sirius! Home of my early pedigree

Where my Adam Kadmon galvanized in me

O! Starry Lords so High that birthed me right

Blessed by Almighty photonized me One

 

Sent me unto Terra with my true nation

From Blue Planet like unto Earth we came

In gigantic starships dashed the hyperspace

Bringing forth compassion knowledge sagely miens

 

Sent forth that help we may the hordes of Terra

Who till now behave much lower than gorilla

Trapped in polarity ceases not to war and plunder

Destroying lives they are of predatory countenance

 

Sent forth from Future we came from divine stars

Of binary suns two we had then atop our skies

From Future cast down Earth to test our mettle

And help the Terran humans rise above cattle

 

No matter how badly homesick we all are

Sacrificing limbs and lives for Terra’s semi-apes

We stood and gave ourselves to mission’s crucibles

Now finally reap fruits ascension avows

 

Thank thee Lord Sirius and Holy Logoi!

Let us Sirians o’ Terra offer hymns to thee All

Praise thee Almighty Creator o! Father-Mother!

A zillion thanks for this ascension grace

 

[Philippines, 05 May 2010]

 

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UNIVERSITY CLASSROOM

UNIVERSITY CLASSROOM

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

A noble ground it is this wondrous room
Where enthused adepts wait in seats a-poised
While mentor fills the air with notes a-flamed
That conquer maladies Ignorance had unveiled

Said conquest needs complete obeisance then
To reason and empirics’ tones of truth
Without which otherwise all things fall ‘part
As dark as what yon Medieval had cast

Sacred! Sacred is this noble ground we’re in
Where flaunted are ideas in liberty fulfilled
Where rigodons of reflection bring emancipation
Eschewed are dogmas—ikons’ benediction

How cool the air from humming fan is blown
Reminds us thus of sunlit valleys warm as old
Where there descend cool breezes from boondocks’ heights
Relieved is tensed up mental bank of yours

Sometimes the heat flack up thermometer’s gauge
Bring swelter hence to enthused minds a-blazed
Alright just mind not that which puts one a-glazed
For cool will be dear mentor’s words unfazed

Let there be praises for all women and men
Who’d fuse their minds in this Platonic den
Should they have grasped so well each lesson learned
Their worlds off walls would better be in zest

[Writ. 02 March 92, University of the Philippines Manila]

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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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