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Painting by Catrin Walz Stein

I have mentioned in my 2016 list of desires that I want to explore and try our local poetry, to eventually write poems in our local dialect (Tagalog or Bisaya) and share it in this blog soon. I think that ‘soon’ is now.

And since today marks the start of love month and the countdown to a very special day, I’m sharing this first of (hopefully) many local poems from me. This one’s inspired by two of my favorite spoken word poets, Juan Miguel Severo and Sarah Kay. I hope I did fine. 😀 😀 😀

A Tagalog Poem: Hahanapin Kita

Hahanapin kita sa magagandang linya sa bawat pahina
Sa madamdaming liriko sa bawat kanta, hahanapin kita
Sa mga luha’t galak ng mga artista sa isang pelikula na maaaring sabay nating pinanood
Hahanapin kita sa malumanay na pagtugtug ng isang magandang piyesa na tila mga alon na tumatangoy sa aking kaba papalayo sa dalampasigan ng iyong pagmamahal
Mahal, hahanapin kita
Hahanapin kita sa bawat kislap ng mga bituin sa langit
Sa liwanag ng buwan sa mga gabing kay dilim
Sa simoy ng hangin na sa akin ay dumadampi
At kung ako man ay maidlip sa huni ng mga kuliglig, hahanapin pa rin kita
Hahanapin kita sa aking mga panaginip
Makikipaglaro sa isip hanggat mahanap kita
Ngunit kung sa pagbungad ng bagong umaga
Sa aking paggising, pagmulat, pagbangon
Ay hindi kita makita, hahanapin ulit kita.

English Translation:

I will look for you in beautiful lines of every page I read
In poignant lyrics of every song I listen to, I will look for you
In the tears and joys of an actor in a movie that we may have watched together
I will look for you in gentle melodies of a playing beautiful piece—taking away my fears, like rolling waves, from the shores of your love
Love, I will look for you
I will look for you in every shining star in the sky
In the darkness of a moonlit night
In the touch of the squalling winds
And if I ever fall asleep amidst the crickets’ hymn, I will still look for you
I will look for you in my dreams
I will gamble and play until you’re found
But if a brand new day starts and
As I wake, rise, and realize
That you are not here, I will look for you again.

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