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Bro Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago


Why not be humble at all moments

Of association with fellowmen?

Didn’t the shopworker teach you

That one rudiment of survival

Is the intelligent recognition

Of your limitations’ omnipresence

Inspite of endowments of craft & wealth?

For there too are circumstances

That are beyond you grasps

In the snares of Naivete

And may even cause a furor

Of gig and limitless giggle?

For Boastfulness and Arrogance

Are twin eagles of deception

That once they’d lift you aflight

They’d shake you off the winds to crash

Tragically on the solid ground

Of defeat and humiliation?


O! Humility!

You are a noble messenger

That speaks for transparent Security

One that makes a person immensely cherished

By the commonwealth of all men.


 [Writ. 05 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



                In times when mind’s soaked

                in an intoxicating concoction

                of rage and fiery resentment

ought not battle against pitfalls


that are really no pitfalls

when gauged against virtues

that they unintendedly unlock


for such virtues are ever present

in the labyrinth of pursuits

awaiting to float to the surface

of riverine Existence


no matter how inconspicuous these are;

they are stars that are forever

habituating the firmaments

in grandiose beauty,


                despite dark clouds

                despite dark clouds


[Writ. 02 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago


Actions of a kind

And those of others

Ever demand a plethora of decisions

Whether erroneous to some quarters

Or righteous to the rest.

The mind fulfills the thinking

Balanced with the doing

In a majestic rhythm

Of poetry and calculus,

Tempered by Justice

And the quest of the Will,

Astride the vehicle of Wisdom

Fueled by noble Inspiration,

It measures the outcome

Whether least appealing or best.


[Writ. 02 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Bro. Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago


O! Aspiration!

You majestic road

To where all are brought

To fate’s myriad conclusions,


You are beheld

As a plane in Pythagoras’ universe

Contained in Euclid’s space

A foot away to grasp in an instance.


Yet how come that you,

In each one’ pathway

Seem millions of miles away,

Far beyond anyone’s reach?


O! Aspiration!

Please don’t appear as any

Unconquerable chimera

To willful beings

To the willful.


[Writ. 26 May 1988, Proj.8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

No one should linger in a gallery

To dance on its floor.

The Cardinal

Has spoken. The clockwork

Of deception has flung open

Its can of worms. Churchwords

Don’t always bear powers

Of ex cathedra. The cardinal is human.


Schoolboys care for ice cream and delicatessen

On their classes’ end

They do not read their books’ pages’ lines

Nor recite oral tests to their masterteacher.

School breaks are not school days.



Are trapped int eh underground.

They do fall

And they’ve fallen before

As before had their minds

Been preset to consume instinctively

Their warehouses’ rummaged goods:

The goods are dwindling and no more

Are these

What peoples

Notice, or wear, or prefer.


Let no one

find Christmas trees

on summertime

not on summertime!


And those songbirds from Siberia

They whose flights to the south

As winter approaches

Curiously add spices to the blowing winds

The wind drafts bear them nearer

To the equator

Where they merge with the life forms

Of the tropics

And then they’d go northward

When the icy days of their homeland dissipate

Into the blasts of warm breezes of summertime.

They only make flights upon

The summons of their wing carriers.


Even ants have trails

That are propagated by the aromatic

Odors oozed by their feet

Or the feet of their advanced seekers

In hot pursuit

Over sweet



There are no sighs of relief

On painful moments

No mimicking of sufferings

On circumstances of heightened euphoria.


For sooner as the die is cast

It reads aloud the number registered

On its face. It settles

Gracefully on the flat panel board where

It landed with few rattles.



The conquistador never epitomized the good

Nor the search for peace

The elusive end of existence.


Shan’t ever be remolded in a new image

To reappear as his own nemesis.


A glass that holds water

Will show the way to its utility

Drink the water

Drink to live

 [Writ. 28 Sept. 1987, Univ. of the Philippines, QC.] 

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Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago


What is

the promising denouement

of aspirations for betterment

by all the Earth’s dispossessed

if not that

the fidelity

to the visions

they’ve conceived

can unfold

in their nonpassive



Yes, the future

has shapes and forms

that can be exquisitely



[Writ. 27 Sept. 1987, University of the Philippines, QC.]

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Bro. Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago


I’ve assembled the elements of next

Circumstances. They are built no less

By the urgency that has sprung

From the deepest recesses of the unconscious mind

Of watering down things to be watered

Or nailing fixtures in places where they’re utile.


So in the making of flights

I’ve had my luggage prepared

Had my mind attuned to the look-alikes

Of the next here-and-now

As when the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle

Are together fitted so neatly

Each piece has been glued into place

In the templates of my biographical trails.


I’ve but few pieces to fit in:

The good rest while waiting for the flight

And the exciting moment when my Wings

Shall send me skyward.


[Writ. 06 Oct. 1987, Univ. of the Philippines, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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