Tnalak

By Mark Angeles
Poetry

Unang inilathala ang akdang ito sa Likhaan: Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature noong 2016.

Kumunday-kunday ang tapis
1234na tnalak—humapong rara avis—
12345678pumagaspas at umawit.

Bakas sa mewel ang kathambuhay
1234ng libun at ng buo niyang angkan.
12345678Ito ang mewet ng Tboli sa kalikasan:

Hindi kailanman mapapatid.
1234Maging sa bugtong na panaginip
12345678magpapatuloy ito sa pag-ikid.

Bawat hulwaran ay namumukod-tangi
1234dahil panagimpan ang talang nalimi
12345678sa talaytay ng pula, itim, at puti.

Paghiga ng libun sa nakikiramay na kama,
1234matiyaga siyang maghihintay na mabisita
12345678ni Fù Dalu na siyang diwata ng abaka.

Handurawan ay ikikintal sa kanyang noo
1234ng milagrosang si Fù Dalu
12345678tulad ng bathalang nanaginip ng mundo.

Maaaring ang pahayag ay tigulang,
1234mga butiki, dahong nagsasayaw,
12345678langkay ng ulap, tutubi sa parang.

Maaaring mabalasik na kampana,
1234nagliliparang mga pana,
12345678kalasag ng mandirigma.

Banal na ang libun mula pagkagising
1234at hindi na maaaring abalahin,
12345678kailangang ang abaka ay konsagrahin.

Ihihiwalay sa bunton ng sapal
1234ang gagamiting mga himaymay
12345678bago harapin ang habihan.

Kailangang dagta ay kumapit:
1234pula sa katapangan at pag-ibig;
12345678itim sa paghahamok at ligalig.

Sakripisyo ang paghimpil sa blaba.
1234Kailangang hulwaran ay umalagwa
12345678sa bawat buhol at lala sa tela.

Hindi pinapayagang sumiping
1234ang libun na naatangan ng tungkulin
12345678tulad ng isang alay na birhen.

Aabutin ng ilang buwan ang sakripisyo
1234kaya laman ng isip, masagrado
12345678tnalak na tagapamagitan sa dibino.

Kubong ang tnalak ng kapuwa-lumad,
1234lampin ng bagong panganak,
12345678kaloob sa kasal kapag nagbabasbas.

Hindi maaaring tabasin o labhan
1234at kung ikakalakal, sa tanso ilagay
12345678kung ayaw magkasakit o mamatay.

Tuwing ang libun ay nananaginip
1234nalalantad sa kanya ang daigdig.
12345678Maging mga badya ng panganib.

Itim. Gumapang ang itim sa tnalak.
1234Mariin ang babala ni Fù Dalu sa lumad:
12345678Dumating na ang mga mangwawasak!

Wala nang masilungan ang mga ibon,
1234mga ilog ay dinaluyan na ng lason.
12345678Itim. Itim ang panaginip ng mga libun.

Ngunit si Fù Dalu na rin ang nagdala
1234ng balitang tigmak ng panibagong pag-asa:
12345678sa tnalak dadanak ang tingkad ng pula.

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Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Jade Mark B. Capiñanes earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He has been a fellow for essay at the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2017 University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop. His “A Portrait of a Young Man as a Banak” won third prize at the Essay Category of the 2017 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

REGULAR EDITORS

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. His short story collection Seekers of Spirits is forthcoming from the University of the Philippines Press.

M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac is a writer for children and reading advocate.

CONTRIBUTORS

Rio Alma is the pen name of National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. He is a poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager. He is currently the chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Mark Angeles was a writer-in-residence of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in the United States in 2013. He is the author of the children’s books Si Znork, Ang Kabayong Mahilig Matulog and Si Andoy, Batang Tondo, the short story collection Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad, and the poetry books Emotero, Patikim, and Threesome. He received awards for his works from Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature, and Philippine Board on Books for Young People.

Rogelio Braga is a playwright, fictionist, and essayist born and raised in Manila. Among his notable works on theater are “Ang Mga Mananahi,” “Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte,” “So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman,” and “Mas Mabigat ang Liwanag sa Kalungkutan.” His short stories appeared in various publications such as TOMAS and Ani. He was a fellow for fiction at the UST, Ateneo, and UP national writers workshops and for Art Criticism at J. Elizalde Navarro National Writers Workshop for Criticism in the Arts and Humanities.

Reparado B. Galos III is a poet and lawyer. He was a fellow at the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo’s poetry clinic in 2006 and became a member of the group in 2007. His poetry collection in Filipino won first prize at the Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards in 2015.

Jeric F. Jimenez is a graduate of AB Filipinolohiya at Polytechnic University of the Philippines–Sta. Mesa in Manila. He has taught in elementary, junior high school, senior high school, and college. His short stories are included in the anthologies Piglas: Antolohiya ng mga Kuwentong Pambata and Saanman: Mga Kuwento sa Biyahe, Bagahe, at Balikbayan Box.

Johanna Michelle Lim is a brand strategist, creative director, and travel writer based in Cebu City. She was a fellow at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop and is the author of What Distance Tells Us, a collection of travel essays.

Bernadette V. Neri writes fiction and plays and teaches creative writing at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines–Diliman. She is the author of the children’s book Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin. She is originally from Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

Jose Victor Peñaranda was a poet and community development practitioner. He was the author of the poetry collections Voyage in Dry Season (Sipat Publishing), Pilgrim in Transit (Anvil Publishing), and Lucid Lightning (UST Publishing). He received awards for his poetry from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature, Manila Critics Circle, Philippines Free Press Award, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and Philippines Graphic’s Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. He was born in Manila in 1953 and passed away in 2017.

Ralph Jake T. Wabingga is a college instructor and used to be a writer and producer for television. He was a fellow for fiction at the Davao Writers Workshop in 2017. He is from Sulop, Davao del Sur.