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Mt. Tumantangis & Other Poems on Sulu
by Isnani

The Growing
Dawn
The Waves of Sulu
The Calm
Arrivals
Mt. Tumantangis
The Warrior
The System
Where Feeds The Mind
An Uneventful Day
Abunnawas Retold
Poem For The Twigs

Silent Verses
by Dias

Fiasco
The Actions Of The Fox
More Words, Just Words
Town Asleep
The Closing Of The Eye

Mga Tula Ni
Paring Bert
by Albert E. Alejo, SJ

Mayuming Ikebana Sa
Madugong Dabaw

Panghihinayang Sa Patay
Na Diktador

Ang Katotohanan Ay
Ilog-Dabaw

Sanayan Lang Ang
Pagpatay


Dawn

The causeways rattle under
Sleepy feet waking
To the call to prayer at dawn;
Winds snake from
Below the sea as sharp bites
To a native reality
And the tide gently laps
To grace the burdened stilts.

The inland fowls stretch their necks:
Religion says a giant rooster
Has flapped its wings
And sends forth life
The day's message softly as a dew
May trickle down the broad leaf or
The sharp blade of the grass.

A terrain hides the grazing sun
And trees are thrifty with its light:
Sunlight is as anywhere seen in the world
But distinct,
The frame of mind that sees
Is as subtle as a twig and
Sturdy as the trunk.
It eyes as a child would
A stranger, friend or foe,
With hope and with awe.

- Isnani

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