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WHEN DEMOCRACY COMES

By: Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Land of ours! You’re bent on reminding

Us anew: that our Sentinels again

Will rob us clear of our well-earned

Civil rights and arrogate for themselves

All powers of government.

So what? Yes, so what?

Will democracy become so weary

As to naively recline upon coal embers

That are our Sentinels’ hearts?

Has democracy anyway flowered

Into full bloom in your soil as to assure

Your history’s place in the citadels

Of human grandeur?

 

Land of ours! Relay these utterances

To the vanguards of treachery:

Democracy is verily like a fruit

That has ripened in the beings

Of the workingmen in shops and farms:

A dazzling show twill manifest

As it finally blooms to maturity

And edifices of fascistic greed twill

Burn down to remain as ashes forever

A signal to all humanity of your

Patriots’ repute as victors and

You: a bastion of freedom bearers.

 

 

[Writ. 13 October 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

May the glowing lights at night

Not stop at all for rest or sleeps.

 

Beware! Beware!

Snakes are bound to strike

When patriots of most noble faith

Sense slimmest the hordes of traitors;

Sentinels we’ve long trusted

May ride astride lightning bolt

                To incinerate our dens of freedom

                And leave the lores of democracy

                To the nothingness of decay.

Tyranny is ripe once more, a fruit

The would-be autocrats savor the best.

 

O! City lights!

Please don’t sleep at night!

 

 

[Writ. 13 October 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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