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THREE POEMS

by Chairil Anwar (Indonesian National Poet) Translations from Bahasa Indonesia by JOSE MA. SISON Progressive Review No. 2; July-August 1963 AKU I When comes my turn I wish none will weep Not even you

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THE GUERRILLA IS LIKE A POET

By Jose Maria Sison 1968 The guerrilla is like a poet Keen to the rustle of leaves The break of twigs The ripples of the river The smell of fire And the ashes of departure. The guerrilla is like a […]

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MINSA’Y SABIK ANG PUSO SA MANGGA

Ni Jose Maria Sison March 30, 1994 Minsa’y sabik ang puso Sa mangga kung saan ang mansanas Sa orkidya kung saan ang tulipa Sa init kung saan maginaw Sa mabundok na kapuluan Kung saan ang patag. Malayo sa tahanan At […]

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ANG TULANG MAY TALIM

Ni Jose Maria Sison March 1, 1982 Masdan ang tulang may talim Matibay at sintalim ng labaha Malamig at kumikinang na pilak Sa liwanag o sa dilim. Tingnan kung paano lumilipad Ang ibong-itim na puluhang Pinaganda ng mga perlas Sa […]

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THE BLADED POEM

Behold the bladed poem Tensile and razor-sharp Cold and glinting silver In the light or dark. See how the blackbird Of a hilt flies Bedecked with pearls On the firm mobile hand. Look at each face On the leaf of […]

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THE CENTRAL PLAINS

By Jose Maria Sison 15 August 1978 I love the green expanse of ricefields, The sunlight that strikes it reveals The myriads of golden beads. I love the sturdy stand of the canefields, The sunlight that strikes it reveals The […]

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THE COMING OF THE RAIN

By Jose Maria Sison 15 June 1978 Gathered by the oppressive heat Heavy clouds darken all beneath But thunder and lightning proclaim A new season of growth in the rain. The wide wind and deepening stream Race from the mountain […]

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IN THE DARK DEPTHS

By Jose Maria Sison 10 April 1978 The enemy wants to bury us In the dark depths of prison But shining gold is mined From the dark depths of the earth And the radiant pearl is dived From the dark […]