second in the series of poems from the creative writing workshop i conducted last May 6.
how do you express Mother’s love in words?
here is a Hiligaynon (Bisayan people inhabiting Panay and part of Negros, Philippines) poem that speaks so well of a mother’s love to her daughter 💛
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOMS!!!
Untitled (Maritess Javelona CSA-B, 2022)
Ginbatas ang kauhawon
Ginpunggan ang kailihi-on
Di malamukan, ‘di malangawan
Mahamu-ok nga katulugon
Lapsag padakuon asta maglamharon
Oras nagkulang sa ulubrahon, nagbilbil ang tyan
Na sentro ang kabuhi sa kalingawan sang tanan
Kakapoy kag katuyo tanan ang napahiran
Amo ini ang gugma nga indi matupungan
Eyes I forcibly open
Upon hearing her cries.
Getting used to darkness,
room structure etched in my mind.
Hands grope for milk
Voice cracks to hum a lullaby.
Fragile infant in my arms
the decision I do not regret.
Not a mosquito nor a fly
escapes my telescopic eyes
so as not to disturb my angel
from sleeping as she smiles.
I have only two hands for routines
But my mind stretches enough
to balance wok and home chores
My thoughts of her sees me through
Layering of my figure, I do not mind
For my dreams are centered only for her.
Hence, my weary body recharges
Seeing her smiles, hearing her cries.
What I have clearly unfolded
is the illustration of a mother’s love
True indeed is the line of the song
and I quote “I will never forget my own.”