ISANG TULA (A POEM): DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF LANDSLIDES & FLOODS IN RP

PHNO Main Office, December 4, 2004
, (SPECIAL TO THE PHNO NEWS SERVICE) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tulang Walang Pamagat  (POEM WITHOUT A TITLE)
Ni (By): Amor Salceda Kagahastian  <amor_sk@yahoo.com>

I. Disyembre a-uno ay dagling sumapit
Sa halip na tuwa, ang dala ay pait
Ang mga panaghoy ay napakasakit
Dahilan sa bagyong bansa’y hinagupit.

 II. Maraming namatay dahilan sa baha
Pagguho ng bundok ay nakakabigla
Nilamon ng lupa bata’t matatanda
Anong sakit namang ni bangkay ay wala.

 III. Wala nang tirahan, wala pang pananim
Anong kakainin pagsapit ng dilim
Saplot sa katawan saan manggagaling
Nginig na sa ginaw, puso’y naninimdim.

 IV. Maraming nabalo’t mga naulila
Halos ay panawan ng diwa’t pag-asa
May tuwa pa kaya silang madarama
Pagdatal ng Pasko’y hintayin pa kaya?
 
V. Tayong mapapalad na di nasalanta
Magbigay ng tulong sa abot ng kaya
Sila’y idalangin na kayanin nila
Ang bigat ng kurus na papasanin pa.

 VI. Ating idalangin itong ating bansa
Nawa’y magkaisa ang namamahala
Na iahon tayo sa pagkariwara
      Nang magandang bukas ating matamasa.

(The author of the poem is a native of Paete, Laguna, is a Master Teacher II of the Tanza National Comprehensive High School, Tanza, Cavite. She is also the adviser of the schools publications, The Clarion and Ang Klaryon, adjudged one of the best schoolpapers in various press conferences from the division to the national levels for more than a decade now. The Clarion won the 2003 Catholic Mass Media Awards’ Best Student Organ in the high school level while Ang Klaryon has emerged a finalist for two years. For herself, she has earned numerous awards highlighted by the Most Outstanding Schoolpaper Adviser of the Philippines and Outstanding Secondary Teacher Awards. Years back, she has also been a finalist in the Metrobank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines. Having gone to different places of the country while attending to the annual schools press conferences, she has seen the beauty of the archipelago  and has felt the generosity and  hospitality of her fellow Filipinos. Now, seeing those places and people (on TV coverage) fully devastated by calamities she is overcome by so much pain and sadness. Her poem says her feelings, shared by  PHNO editor and staff.)

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Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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