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STA. ANA

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

Cranes atop carabaos at work

Amid endless sights of rice fields

That merge with the mountains on their brims

Where thick canopies of trees add color

To the green canvass of the picturesque scenery

Here are the trademarks of the path

To Sta. Ana the forthcoming legend.

 

Reached by land from arterial roads

Where the traveler’s exhaustion is gaily relieved

By the vista of the cool blue sea

A limitless basin aplenty

With marine basics and exotics.

 

Soon there shall rise an industrial

Enclave whose merchandise will be sold

To foreign lands and peoples.

 

Fisherfolk, planters and workingmen meet

There in an unintended league

To realize that beauteous and bountiful

Nature and profitable shops & foundries

Can’t at all conceal miserly living.

 

 

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

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ON RETIREMENT
Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Why dream of retiring at age 60 or 65?
Has life not gloriously revealed
The exquisite beauty within you
That shines all the more
With each day of doing?
Will retirement not compel you
Into dark dens of nothingness
Push you to the brink
Of cancerous boredom that kills
In every second of its conquest?

Continue to share to all fellowmen
The sublime makings of your trade
Be these in simple or intricate form.

For Life has endowed you
With blessings aplenty
Since the first day that you saw
The undying Light of the sun.

[Writ. 04 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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WILD PIG HUNTING

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Shooting wild boar can be exhilarating yet funny
But shooting a wild mother sow could bother conscience

Twas on my second return to southern California in 2001
That my sibling Emerald and myself went out to hunt
For wild game/pig to gun down and take home as meat

In a southern California hilly area did we go to
Paid the fee we parked the Bronco on ground
Then walked a-zigzag downhill curving in the way
Slowly we walked downwards yet till I sensed a presence
By my mystical faculties I knew our hunt was there
And indeed upon turning right downwards there it was
A family with sow suckling its baby pigs

Hurrying up yet slowly walking onwards
Bro Emerald aimed to shoot at the sow
Taking just a shot to execute the hunt twas over
At once the sow fell while the baby pigs scampered
Then the small truck of the game area owner arrived
There we loaded the felled sow as we drove along
Upon transferring the game to our Bronco
We went home feeling both victorious and guilty

So healthy a meat it was to recall
Of pork with nary a fat to parlay its skin underneath
Exquisitely tasty we gradually consumed it for two weeks
Even as we gave many a piece to family friends
And partying we too barbecued some of it
To go along with tequila and Tecate beers

[Philippines, 28 July 2011]

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OLONGAPO & SUBIC

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

As American troops finally left Subic naval base

Olongapo now left on its own to peddle its future

Did I visit the corridor of fame in early 90s cool

Like kibitzer cat sneaking in once dirty prostitution towns

 

Came one occasion when I was with university students

Toured Subic site astride a funny bus with open sides

Then watched baseball at night while eating packed dinner

Till past 9 pm we moved on to bars in Olongapo

From there to hop from one bar to another

Till we noticed that by 4 a.m. we’ve had toxicity enough

As many bars we’ve been to listening to live bands

Chatting peaceably too in band-less sites

 

Till finally we said goodbye to the fun city

Delivered farewell to the Ulo ng Apo

Saying thanks for the gracious short stay

 

[Philippines, 13 June 2011]

 

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LAOAG PALACE?

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Laoag was once an unholy place for this being
Who merely passed by the noble city on flights
To Basco of Batanes paradise from Tuguegarao lair
And back again to Tuguegarao for work reportage

Till finally came early May of 2006 the era came
With work team around toured entire Ilocos to monitor
And settled a bit by Fort Ilocandia in famed Laoag
Where casino game & wines blended pool swims

Monitored likewise city streets and establishments
Noted that the city is indeed a place to tour around
Settling here a bit to visit Pagudpud & sites up north
Then coming back to relax the night with swims & drinks

[Philippines, 07 June 2011]

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BORACAY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Came a two-week talk spree in ‘October 94
As national leader amongst teachers
After making rounds of Iloilo-Antique-Capiz
Made a resting ride to Boracay fame

Passing first by the largest bell in a Capiz town
Went on till my baggages and me reached town
From there crossed from coast by boat
To the pristine den that was Boracay
There I was housed in the parish convent

I marveled at the island’s white beach
The idylls of the paradise caught in snapshots
Did sometimes swim by the beach
And at night walked & entered bars to sip
Beers to go along with fine cuisines

So wonderful are the white sands they
Are so cool at lunchtime amid sweltering sun
And the seawaters so friendly to the eyes
Even if one swims underneath no stress comes
Upon your benign eyes as it marvels further
Seeing fishes & games even without snorkel

No more was I to go back to the island fame
And maybe no more opportunity shall come
For another visit to this place of game
Its memories resides at least in my brain
Never to depart from it

[Philippines, 08 April 2011]

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LEYTE WITH TUBA LOVE!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Truly memorable it is to drink tuba every day
Portent of prosperity and luck for enthused souls
Came Summer ‘93 on a ten-day tour of Leyte land
Upon invite of a pal among powerlifter athletes

Motoring from Manila through Bicol land to Sorsogon
Then crossed the channel to Matnog in Samar land
Drove across Samar a sight for a first time
Till we reached the San Juanico bridge of fame

Onwards did we drive via bus to Leyte land
Then picked up by jeep to Palo there to stay
Chats with folks spiced with tuba drinks
Tours of rivers, climb of Hungduan mount
Swim & fish by the seashores for couples of days
Paying respect to McArthur Park nearby
Visiting UP Leyte too that was beside the sea
Too many snap shots bared the warm island
The hospitality blessed by tons of tuba

Stuck up almost forever as storm arrived
On our last leg of days we had to decide
Fly we would in going back to grand Manila
Satisfied and fulfilled of the memories of tuba

[Philippines, 29 March 2011]

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