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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

Mt. Tumantangis

She lays open the breast to the sea
And crouches low enough to ward off the winds,
Her brows impose the wisdom of the time
Harder than the jutting rocks, yet gentle
As the blue of the sky that crowns.

She breeds the warriors from her bosom
As caretakers of the integral bind,
Somewhere a heart throbs below the green
Warms the veins, and roots stretch deeper
To the rhythms of life.

Silence is snarled in the weir of trees
Like a cicada in the dead of night,
And pricks the conscience or soothes the heart,
And when a native rests his ears against the ground
The sigh of the universe, primordial and basic,
Flows as ether, forceful and sentimental.
What tears that are shed only serve
To strengthen her stalks, limbs and cleanse
The smoke from the brown of the flesh.

And seeing her is an inspired poetry
For soldiers who only wanted wives and homes
And wished neither to kill nor
To be killed.

- Isnani

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