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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Long have I worked within the walls of academe

And placed my foot as well in communities’ domiciles

One part of me cloistered in contemplative works

Another dipped in social activism to uplift the folks

 

Within we call those mercenary teachers and all

Whose independent mind is drowned in tanks of funds

By the title of this humble poem to naught

Not solely whore but ‘intellectual’ prostitute of yore

 

Such mercenaries bond to oligarchs besides

For whom they chalice their souls for money’s might

To say that they’d their heart commit to sure solution

Of poverty hunger inequity and social maladies

Is only as good as how much pay they’d melee

 

Great bounty hunters these biz cronies are

Track down huge hoards of funds to fatten purse

As do they fatten oligarchs’ own backyards & bins

With multiplying monies bury a whole city

 

Sure as the sun goes up the intellectual prostitutes

Will don the brows of bureaucrats as zestly stooge

Their mouths to festoon oligarchs with platitudes

While paupers grow the more and rot to die

 

 

[Philippines, 26 April 2010]

 

[See: IKONOKLAST: http://erleargonza.blogspot.com,

UNLADTAU: http://unladtau.wordpress.com,

COSMICBUHAY: http://cosmicbuhay.blogspot.com,

BRIGHTWORLD: http://erlefraynebrightworld.wordpress.com, ARTBLOG: https://erleargonza.wordpress.com,

ARGONZAPOEM: http://argonzapoem.blogspot.com]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Twas a 16th day of November when it hap

On Year Four past the new millennium’s start

Dreadful a day writ in news of world sorrows

O’ laboring scions of Filipinas diabolically felled

By verdugos’ sadistic gunfires sprayed

Upon helpless citizens treated like unwanted pests

A presidential palace denizen I was then

Among those called to aid build concord

Betwixt unionists and hacienda’s cacique-bosses

Inspired by Socrates and Lao Tzu

Dialogued we did a back-channel mode

Quaffs of soda and juice mixed wise counsel

Concord at last to bear upon the unionists

To merriment my boss and us lieutenants a-going

When gory heraldry splattered public media’s pages

As sadistic caciques called cops for aid to disperse

With nil compunction shot the toiling folks a-blaze

Turning festive moods into grim dirges

Shocked and embittered we peace builders

Could best show solidarity to martyred scions

Amid hymns of praises sung by avian choirs

Songbirds atop Makiling, Banawe, Apo boondocks

Proclaiming “honored and loved are felled scions”

They are truly human till their last breath

Emulated by youth & all

Courage fulfilled

[Philippines, 22 April 2010.]

See: IKONOKLAST: http://erleargonza.blogspot.com,

UNLADTAU: http://unladtau.wordpress.com,

COSMICBUHAY: http://cosmicbuhay.blogspot.com,

BRIGHTWORLD: http://erlefraynebrightworld.wordpress.com, ARTBLOG: https://erleargonza.wordpress.com,

ARGONZAPOEM: http://argonzapoem.blogspot.com]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

I wish I were a zoologist in the works

That I can fittingly label those species of spooks

Of political elites and broods of stinking punks

In scientific parlance brand them a la skunks

Lacking those credentials of a laboratory researcher

Allow me then to brand the spooks as one enthused

Layman who would lay his scalpels on those punks

And see where ends this poetic branding bunks

Now this Arroyo d’Gloria of the tropics’ land

Leaves her good office shaved of coffers’ fats

Nine years the Tropicana folks endured her mien

Her term thus called era d’ excursus corruptus

Let Gloria be homo excursus corruptus

Photocopied from greedy cronies d’Marcos

Upon her journey to the corridors of power

Her family plundered best as Empress Dowager

Intoxicated with enormous power a’ fascist she

Dreams endlessly of clinging on to presidency

Indeed an Empress Dowager born with tragic luck

To many enemies sits she now as sitting duck

Will Filipinas then be torn catastrophically asunder

As Cathay was upon Dowager’s heist of power?

Upon her tenure’s end did Cathay go to dogs

Will Filipinas then be sliced as juicy hotdogs?

[Philippines, 15 April 2010]

See: IKONOKLAST: http://erleargonza.blogspot.com,

UNLADTAU: http://unladtau.wordpress.com,

COSMICBUHAY: http://cosmicbuhay.blogspot.com,

BRIGHTWORLD: http://erlefraynebrightworld.wordpress.com, ARTBLOG: https://erleargonza.wordpress.com,

ARGONZAPOEM: http://argonzapoem.blogspot.com]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Silence breaks

Morning mist

Meets the day anew in sweet embrace

Birds aflight

Cats shall rest

As the sun erases evening’s haze.

Buses roll

Flies a-swarm

Off abound they’re freed from bottle’s cork.

Grandpas sneer

Dads consume

Coffee and news pages before work.

Crackers crack

Mobiles whine

Hospitals’ own occupants balloon.

Traffic grows

Roads go blocked

Terrified policeman act like goon.

Planes arrive

Flyers rest

Peddlers sell their wares with lemonade.

Bags prepared

Pockets swing

Joy’s corrupt official’s mood in trade.

 

 

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

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