Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ode to a Naked Beauty by Pablo Neruda

With chaste heart, and pure
eyes
I celebrate you, my beauty,
restraining my blood
so that the line
surges and follows
your contour,
and you bed yourself in my verse,
as in woodland, or wave-spume:
earth’s perfume,
sea’s music.

Nakedly beautiful,
whether it is your feet, arching
at a primal touch
of sound or breeze,
or your ears,
tiny spiral shells
from the splendor of America’s oceans.
Your breasts also,
of equal fullness, overflowing
with the living light
and, yes,
winged
your eyelids of silken corn
that disclose
or enclose
the deep twin landscapes of your eyes.

The line of your back
separating you
falls away into paler regions
then surges
to the smooth hemispheres
of an apple,
and goes splitting
your loveliness
into two pillars
of burnt gold, pure alabaster,
to be lost in the twin clusters of your feet,
from which, once more, lifts and takes fire
the double tree of your symmetry:
flower of fire, open circle of candles,
swollen fruit raised
over the meeting of earth and ocean.

Your body – from what substances
agate, quartz, ears of wheat,
did it flow, was it gathered,
rising like bread
in the warmth,
and signaling hills
silvered,
valleys of a single petal, sweetness
of velvet depth,
until the pure, fine, form of woman
thickened
and rested there?

It is not so much light that falls
over the world
extended by your body
its suffocating snow,
as brightness, pouring itself out of you,
as if you were
burning inside.

Under your skin the moon is alive.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Son: The Aspiring Photo Artist

Img00096 My son's name is Kahlil Ross. I named him after my favorite poet Kahlil Gibran.  The Ross was derived from his grandfather's name, Rosello.  So he became Kahlil Ross.

Last Christmas, Kahlil got an MP5 from his Tita Mia, who works in Florida.  His new toy is a combo game console, MP3 player, MiniDV, and a 10-megapixel digicam.

At first, Kahlil was fascinated by the built-in games of his MP5. He calls it "PSP" but it was far from that expensive gaming console. 

Then he discovered the camera features of his toy.  He immediately went amok shooting everything in his path.  Well I hope he can sustain his shooting-spree passion.  By the way, here are some of the pictures he took while running gung-ho with his toy-cam.

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More on his pictures in my future posts. :-)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Paghehele ng Isang Makata: Pagsusuri sa Uyayi ng Himagsik

Noong Marso 29, 2009, ipinakilala sa publiko ni George T. Calaor ang kaniyang unang aklat: Ang Uyayi ng Himagsik.
 
Ang Uyayi ng Himagsik ay kalipunan ng mga makabayang tula na nagsasalamin ng mga karanasan ng may-akda bilang isang aktibong kalahok sa Pambansa Demokratikong pakikibaka. 

Si G. Calaor ang kasalukuyang Tagapangulo ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) sa lalawigan ng Aklan.  Bago siya manungkulan sa Bayan, si George ay matagal na naging lider kabataan sa Kalibo at aktibong kasapi ng College Editor's Guild of the Philippines.

Bakas na bakas ang diwang palaban ng may-akda sa kaniyang panulaan.  Bunsod marahil ito ng kaniyang malawak na karanasan sa larangan ng legal na pakikibaka sa Isla ng Panay.

Hindi rin maikakaila ang taglay na optimismo ng may-akda para sa kaniyang ipinaglalaban.  Sa di iilang mga tula sa Uyayi ng Himagsik, lagi at lagi itong tinatapos ni G. Calaor sa pananagumpay ng kaniyang adhikain.

Ang Uyayi ng Himagsik


Ang Uyayi ng Himagsik ay nahahati sa tatlong bahagi:

I. Uyayi ng Pag-ibig


II. Uyayi ng Himagsik


III. Ele-ele Ku Pagpakigsukoe

Ang unang bahagi, ang Uyayi ng Pag-ibig, ay nagsasalamin ng mga himutok ng damdamin ng may-akda sa konteksto ng kaniyang pakikibaka.

Ang mga naunsyaming pag-ibig, ang kaniyang marubdob na pananaw sa mga damdamin ng nakikibaka, ang paglalarawan ng makabuluhang pag-niniig sa gitna ng digma, ay naisalin ng may-akda sa kaniyang panulat.

Bakas sa mga tula ng may-akda ang kaniyang pagnanais na magmahal.  Subalit siya ay bigo rito.  Magkagayunman, humuhugot ng lakas ang may-akda sa kaniyang pinaninindigang adhikain upang ibangon ang sarili sa pagkabigo.

Nais buwagin ng mga tula sa Uyayi ng Pag-ibig ang karaniwang sanhi ng demoralisasyon ng nakikibaka.  Pinagtitibay ng mga tula ni G. Calaor ang tumpak na paghawak sa kabiguan at paano ito gagamitin upang magpalakas ng sarili.

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