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Mt. Tumantangis & Other Poems on Sulu
by Isnani

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

Silent Verses
by Dias

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

Sanayan Lang Ang

The Calm

It haunts the people's dream of comfort, too.
The cozy rooms, the furnished halls
Drive the cold out into the night
And into the poor man's house, it nurses
The bleeding lungs, the muted mouth.
And when a launch docks beside the wharf
With shrill hoots in the early dawn
Arrival is no more wakeful than
Departures in the afternoon.

Lethargy becomes contagious as
A memory struggling back to mind
From within the fallen walls,
The silent rubble
A soul search leads to a tower
Too often neglected by the many
Who neither know the brewing storm
Nor perceive the strength behind
The stinging calmness of a sea.

Down the planks a step and two
The eyes miss the reckless faces,
The funny feet:
Behind the sand sacks, a soldier softly
Whistles forth a tune
And just as casually warms a steel
Back to life for the hours of the day.

- Isnani

cliparts from MS Publisher CD. effects by SKS

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