LETRATO: Letra x Litrato

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Photo and Poem by Pamela Ann Bangayan

They told me I’m going to be fine
That they’ll only be gone for a short while
But every tick of clock equals to forever
I guess they lied
They don’t want to be by my side
Because I am weak
My feet tremble very quick
They now have their own lives
While I’m stuck here,
still trying to figure out, “What’s life?”

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Photo and Poem by Jamie Rosseditt Garcesa

DESIDERATA

Isang delubyo ang pagdating mo
Ni sa guni-guni, hindi inakalang tayo’y magtatagpo
Sa silid na ito kung saan unang nagkadaupang palad
Bakit nga ba sa’yo, ako’y nagpadala agad?

Sari-saring komento ang bumalot
Mundong mapanghusga, tuluyan tayong tinatakot
Ipinilit ang pagmamahalang nabuo
Pinanghawakan ang pangako

Ngunit lumipas ang ilang buwan
Tila tama nga yata sila – wala tayong patutunguhan
Unti-unti na akong pumipiglas sa’yong mga yakap
Kasunod ng panlalamig at pagsinghap

Nagpatuloy ang hindi inaasahan
Tuluyan ka na ngang nawala sa aking piling
Ang dating silid na nagsilbing munting tahanan
Bakit ngayon, iniiwas-iwasan?

Bumalik ako sa panahong tinanong kita
“Mahal, napapagod ka na ba?”
Boses mo’y umalingawngaw
Sabay bigkas ng, “Pasensya na, mahal. Ayoko na.” —
“Pakiusap, magpahinga na tayo.”

Sana’y maintindihan mong hindi lahat ng wasak ay kailangan buoin,
At hindi lahat ng nararamdaman mo’y masusuklian ko ng kaparehong damdamin.

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Photo and Poem by Pamela Ann Bangayan

I once had a dream that I was flying high
Arms open, I was close to becoming fine
To the loneliness, I was singing “bye”
I was close to thinking it’s my time to shine

But something is pulling me down
Telling me I am not worthy to keep
That I don’t deserve the crown
‘Coz I am not allowed to dream even in sleep