Lunes, Setyembre 28, 2009

Halaw sa Lyric 17

Salin sa Lyric 17
ni Reya Bato

(mula kay Jose Garcia Villa)

Una, ang tula ay mahika
At musika gaya ng ibong magdaya.
Ito ay gumagalaw na liwanag
At namumulaklak na ibong papalipad.
Ito ay payat tulad ng batingaw
At may apoy na tinataglay.
Ito ay may dunong ng bĂșsog
At katulad ng rosas sa pagluhod.
May kakayahan itong pakinggan
Kinang ng kalapati at usa sa parang.
Kaya nitong takpan
Ang nakikita, kaparis ng nobya sa kasal.
Sa kabuuan ay nais kong lumutang
Ang Maykapal, tula’y buong liyag na masdan.


(Orihinal na Teksto)

"Lyric 17"
Jose Garcia Villa

First, a poem must be magical,
Then musical as a sea-gull.
It must be a brightness moving
And hold secret a bird's flowering
.It must be slender as a bell,
And it must hold fire as well.
It must have the wisdom of bows
And it must kneel like a rose.
It must be able to hear
The luminance of dove and deer.
It must be able to hide
What it seeks, like a bride.
And over all I would like to hover
God, smiling from the poem's cover.

Sabado, Setyembre 26, 2009

To A Son Who's Learning to Play Chess


Son,


Every piece has different move to take:
(Pawns advance one step
Rooks march straight
Knights dash in L-shape
Bishops glide through diagonal lanes
And the queen parades on all quarters.)
but all move to capture the enemy
and to guard king’s safety.


Your every move has an outcome
don’t rouse your pieces without a plan
make them work together to trap your rival.
Predict the movements of your enemy
maximise all the possibilities
then be ready to strike.
You must also know how to sacrifice
the little pieces to fortify your next attack.


Play smart and play hard
make the right moves
and keep this in mind:
you'll lose the game
once your king is trapped.


It is checkmate!

Miyerkules, Setyembre 2, 2009

Leaf


The leaf,
Catching
The rays
Of the sun,
Dances
To the melody
Of the wind –
Seizing
Each delightful moment –
Until
It snaps off its twig.
Decay.