I live on garbage of the rich
unfit even for their watchdogs,
packed in plastic bags and dumped
in piles outside their mansions.
The half-eaten hamburger,
perhaps bought just an hour ago,
is a feast to my five-year old son
who gaily romps atop the piles of rags
collected and ready for selling
to the women of Libertad Street
who make rugs and carpets
resold at a pittance to the usurers.
Thus, I die every moment the steets
are clean, and garbage-less for the day.
Montalban’s dumpsite scavengers await buyers for retrieved recylable trash. October 29, 2008
A view from Montalban’s hills, mid-afternoon, October 29, 2008
You have been patient
like the rock at Amtadao waiting
for the rains, so it could grow moss
and gather water to slake the thirst
of the sunflowers of early summer.
You would stay awake
until I come safely home, a wayward
juvenile reveling in excessive freedom:
admonished by gentle rebukes
and frowns that veiled your love.
When I am home, you are home.
I miss your songs of salidum-mai,
your graceful sways of the tribal dancers.
The dirges of the old women have taken over,
mourning stories of your goodness.
You smiled at me in your deep sleep
as the eternal gardener planted your dreams
into the earth, crowning you with a rainbow
as I wished you well in your journey.
Hereunder is an account of the historian Howard Fry on why America invaded the Philippines (compare with its invasion of Iraq):
…”Even before the sinking of the US warship “Maine” in Havana, President McKinley had a strong desire for America to acquire the Philippines and have it as their possession for some years just as what Great Britain had done to Hongkong. After Dewey’s victory in Manila Bay, President McKinley after much thinking had the conviction that the Filipinos could not be restored to Spain, turned over to France, or Germany, or given their immediate independence, for which in his judjment, they were unfit, but the United States must take all the islands, and “educate the Filipinos and uplift and civilize and Christianize them” (Latourette, et al., 362).
A year before the sinking of the USS Maine, Commodore George Dewey, a US naval commander assigned to the Asiatic Squadron, at his own request, made an intensive study of the Philippines because he anticipated that war between USA and Spain was inevitable. He then sailed from Hongkong to the Philippines in April of 1898 and on May 1, 1898 he and his men engaged the Spanish Squadron in the battle of Manila Bay. Since the Spaniards offered little resistance, Dewey defeated them without a loss of a single man. His victory led to the US acquisition of the Philippines which made Senator Cabot Lodge to declare that the US now controls practically one side of the Pacific Ocean and that the position of the Philippines would make them the controlling power in the Pacific (Fry, xxi).
On April 4, the Schurman Commission issued a proclamation that, in part, said:
‘…..The supremacy of the United States must and will be enforced throughout every part of the Archipelago and those who resist it can accomplish no end other than their own ruin.’
Source: Kittong-Chaokas, Mountain Province: Past and Present, 2009.
The Samoki bridge is strong
like the bridge at Quiapo,
Both light to a thousand feet.