Twitter and Chatter

Not many

houses left

where trees grow to provide

For birds, butterflies and the rare dragonfly

Praying glitter that fireflies will shine

No matter how fleetingly, when the night is dark

 

Families wake me up

twitter and chatter

Right the wrap around windows in my room

The birds of the air, and the lilies of the

field, spin not, weave not, sew not

King Solomon’s railments could not compare with their

plumage

 

Humble  any architect

 

Should I let my imagination fly?

 

Or “just Google it”

How many kids of the present

Has seen a bird’s

nest with a baby in it?

 

MARCH 21, 2017

BLACK OUT POETRY

Learning History in Dapitan

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One of the most romantic place I visited was Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte, aside from its historical significance.  That is where our National Hero, Jose Rizal was exiled before he was killed in Bagumbayan by the Spanish army.

 

It is a simple, provincial place but the place has a lot of character in it.  I was able to visit it as part of my work.  It would take you about two and a half hours if you rode the Fast Cat but if you rode the other RORO vessel, it would take you about four hours at the minimum.

 

I rode the Fast Cat ferry from Dumaguete to Dapitan port, I stayed in Dipolog City in one of the hotels there.

 

Talisay, Dapitan is the actual place where Rizal bought a property while in exile.  Inside that property is the original house, clinic, school and other structures preserved by the National Historical Commission.  Also, the Museo ni Rizal is situated in this property.  You will learn the many hats played by the National Hero while in Dapitan.  Practicing as an ophthalmologist, he met her de facto wife Josephine Bracken, an Irish woman.

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The property of Rizal is at the beach front of Dapitan Bay.  It is described by Rizal as where the mountain meets the sky.  No wonder that Rizal fell in love with the place and wrote many poems and other writings in this part of the South.

At the Dapitan plaza, one can see the map designed by Rizal. Also in front of it is the Church of Dapitan wherein Rizal would usually attend mass.

 

We also visited the Embarcadero or the Landing Site, the area where Rizal landed upon his exile in Dapitan.  Such a romantic location and picturesque is an understatement.

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I love Dapitan!

 

 

Imagine A Woman

In celebration of International Women’s Day

 

Imagine a Woman

 

Imagine a woman who looks at the mirror

naked, and looks straight to her eyes and says

to herself, She is beautiful. Imagine that woman

so in love with herself that nobody could dump

nor put her down. She loves her curves, her full breasts

like the mountains of Madyaas, her rounded belly

her chocnut brown skin. Her stretch marks, Ah! those are

carvings of her giving birth. Her curly hair following only

the whims of the wind. Imagine that woman. The reflection

at the mirror looking at you

 

Is your Emancipated Self.

Different Constellation

 

 

Somewhere there is one mother mourning for her only child

And no one would understand her

Her pillows soaked in tears in the night and the morning after

Her life crumbles like a molten fault

 

And there is a family who cannot understand her

Because they are also in grief.

 

And somewhere in time

 

 

There is a rainbow that greeted her

There is a love all around her in different colors and rays

That love can never be lost but

Is expressed in different forms

 

The earth in her slowly formed another

Tectonic formation new to her

 

 

 

It is of a  topsy turvy kind

Like dust devils turning her upside down

Now the formation takes its own fold

Like the stars in the night

Holding her not apart

But in a different constellation.