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Ang Pagsulat Bayi

ni Mila G. Lachica

Ang pagsulat bayi nga hamtung
sa panghuna-huna, sa panglawasun
nagapili kang binhi nga timgas;
Ang pagsulat bayi nga nagabusong
indi mapaktan ang baratyagun
'galingin ang ulo, wara't gana magkaun;
Ang pagsulat bayi nga nagabata
tuman ang kasakit, tuman ang kakulba
tuman ang kalipay pagguwa ka lapsag;
Ang pagsulat matres ka bayi
nagaluha ka dugo
kon wara it mahuman.

Writing is Woman
by Mila G. Lachica

Writing is woman ripe
in thought, in body
picking the choicest seed;
Writing is pregnant woman
unpredictable moods
dizzy spells, no taste for food;
Writing is woman giving birth
too much pain and anxiety
boundless joy when the baby is out
Writing is woman's womb
shedding tears of blood
when it cannot conceive.

"Ang Pagsulat Bayi" was included in "The Rise of Kinaray-a: History and Anthology of Contemporary Literature in Antique" (edited by Alex C. De los Santos & published by the University of San Agustin's Libro Agustino, Iloilo City 2003).

* In the island of Panay, Hiligaynon may be known as the official language or the lingua franca since it is spoken by the Ilonggos in Iloilo City but as one leaves the city going to the province of Antique, the tongue shifts to Kinaray-a . Believed to be as ancient as the legend of the ten datus, Kinaray-a traces its roots to Datu Sumakwel who first settled in this part of the island. Today, Kinaray-a still lives on in the heart, in the tongue as well as on paper.

© Mila G. Lachica
     painting by Waway Linsahay Saway

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