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List of Authors from Panitikan.com

List of Authors from Panitikan.com

The online literature site of the University of the Philippines.  This links to the short online biodata of the authors.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:34 )

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The Secret Language

 

I have learned your speech,

Fair stranger; for you

I have oiled my hair

And coiled it tight

Into a braid as thick

And beautiful as the serpent

In your story of Eden.

 

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I Teach My Child

 

I.

I teach my child

To survive.

I begin with our words,

The simple words first

And last.

They are hardest to learn.

Words like home,

Or friend, or to forgive.

These words are relations.

They are difficult to bear;

Their fruits are unseen.

Or words that promise

Or dream.

Words like honor, or certainty,

Or cheer.

Rarest of sound,

Their roots run deep;

These are words that aspire,

They cast no shade.

These are not words

To speak.

These are the words

Of which we consist,

Indefinite,

Without other ground.

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Philippine Poetry from Cerritos College

Philippine Poetry from Cerritos College

Selection of Philippine Poetry in English and Pilipino

 

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Payo Sa Bumabasa Ng Tula

 

Hindi nalalayo

Sa pagpangos ng mangga

Ang pagbasa ng tula.



Amuyin, sapulin sa kamay.

Ipalasap sa palad

Ang init at kinis ng balat.

Saka hubarin ang dilaw na katad

Na minsan may itim na pekas,

Parang matang ibig mangusap.

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Ang Hatol ng Kasaysayan

 

Ang iyong pagdapit

Sa balinsusong dawag ay kakambal

Ng isang manisnis, malinsuob na liwanag,

Subalit isa ka rin palang paruparong hubad.

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