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Paranoia in Maktan,1521

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Paranoia in Maktan,1521

Is this sound
From not too far afield
Like mist
Between late dusk and early moonrise
Past quarter of six.
You might not know
It is something unforeseen:
Even as I collect the bad habits
I bear not to keep
Through my sobs, it is that screams.

Strange this is,
Of what I cannot name in the things I hear:
Noise of metals against metals, oft-rhymed sighs
And battle cries, each false note of guns and gongs I overheard: these be not

Is it your footsteps
Of where  seek?
Or the reek of its absence
Onto this shore of a bloodbath,
That, set my pulse to skip 

Could it be my sweatdrops
Like hoofbeats
Pattering this tin shield
Time of the same?
Or, is it just my heart
Thumps against my ribcage
Which is almost,
But not quite, sharp enough to hurt
Whose beats howl 
Nothing but your name?

Author's Note:
 *gong - a large bronze disk, of Asian origin, having an upturned rim, that produces a 
vibrant, hollow tone when struck, usually with a stick or hammer that has a padded head.

P.S The poem is inspired by the Battle of Maktan in 1521
between the Spanish conqueror: Ferdinand Magellan and the fierce Datu of Maktan:
Lapu Lapu.

Copyright © cayetano young

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  1. Date: 1/23/2009 7:37:00 PM
    Beautifully written, Gino. I especially loved the last stanza. Poignant and tender. You are a very talented man. Wishing you the best in 2009! Peace always, John

  1. Date: 11/30/2008 5:02:00 AM
    love it gins.... mwah

  1. Date: 11/19/2008 9:46:00 PM
    wow, an amazing masterpiece. you got a great way to express, bro. I like ur poems. well, about that expression stuff, I do just like that because I want to end with exclamation as it is a title, I mean, it reveals its content jut by glancing at it. I appreciate your question and concern, and well, dude do u think she is lucky? hahahaha....woah man cool....well, I want you to read part-II, u will like it more than part-I cuz it's a continuation of that poem :)

  1. Date: 10/21/2008 7:28:00 AM
    Yes, it felt like paranoia to me. Wow. Great capture of what I would imagine it to be like, and haven't we all just felt it a tiny bit at some point or another? Nice work. Love, Shar