Cirilo Bautista

(1947 - / Philippines)

Patalim


Araw-araw
sinusubok naming mag-asawa
ang talim
ng aming balaraw

Halimbawa
kung umiiyak
ang bunsong anak
at hindi kumikilos
ang sintang mahal
sasaksakin ko siya sa likod
at patawang pagmamasdan
habang duguang
pasususuhin niya
ang bunso.

Kung pundi ang bumbilya
sa aming kusina
at ako'y abala
sa paglikha ng tula,

hindi niya ako titigilan
ng saksak sa batok
hanggang ang ilaw ay di
napapalitan.

Patas lang ang aming labanan
lagot kung lagot walang
dayaan.

Kaya
sa katapusan ng araw
magbibilang kami
ng
sugat
at tila mga gulanit na kaluluwa
ay magtatawanan
magsusuntukan pa.
Ganito kami lagi sapagkat
labis ang pag-ibig namin sa
isa't-isa

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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