I have so far been enjoying reading poems, especially those about home and nature, about love for country, about social issues, and about personal conflicts. I let each word wash over me with awe and, in return for the personal and intimate experience, I give the poem extra time for reflection, increasing my appreciation not just of poetry as a whole but of the world in general.
Today, I share with you two poems that deeply touched me. “Hometown” by Luis Cabalquinto, a native from Camarines Sur (one of my favorite provinces in the Philippines next to Cebu), paints an idyllic place I would love to live in in a heartbeat (if only?). “Silent Trails” by Marcelo de Garcia Concepcion from Ilocos Sur shows me a sneak preview--and a serene picture it is--of the famed Benguet hills. The poems are short yet descriptive (inclined towards soul-searching). They prompt me to further widen my mind’s panoramic view of nature.
by Luis Cabalquinto
After a supper of mountain rice
And wood-roasted river crab
I sit on a long bench outside
The old house, looking at a river:
Alone, myself, again away
From that other self in the city
On this piece of ancestor land,
My pulses slowed, I am at peace.
I have no wish but this place---
To remain here in a stopped time
With stars moving on that water
And in the sky a brightness
Answering: I want nothing else
But this stillness filling me
From a pure darkness over the land
That smells ever freshly of trees.
The night and I are quiet now
But for small laughter from a neighbor,
The quick sweep of a winged creature
And a warm dog, snuggled by my feet.
by M. De Gracia Concepcion
Silent are the trails of Benguet hills,
When the mist veils the sun--
Even when the wind stirs the ferns
And the bamboo brakes sing
Their echoey murmurs.
And the laden Benguet women pass,
Beating their pakkong
In cadenced monotones.
These trails are lonely
And deep are the ravines
And higher still the skies.
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