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a loaded day,
there are no words--
just the welling of tears.
ika-8 ng Nobyembre
Si ay-pod bay u-pa-dan
No kang ti-na gin-du- man
May u-lang ma-di kag-nan
May ta-kip ma di kay-wan
Mo kang ti-na- gin-du- man
Ga si-yon di sa ad-ngan
Ga pag- tang-da-yon di-man
You, my friend, dearest of all,
thinking of you makes me sad.
Rivers deep are in between,
forests vast keep us apart.
But thinking of you with love,
as if you are here nearby
standing, sitting at my side.
** the photo in my avatar is not mine, just something that has touched me--
an example of Ambahan poetry by one of our indigenous groups here, the Hanunuo Mangyans (Oriental Mindoro).
Ambahan is their traditional poetry that is typically written on bamboo, and uses their syllabic script known as Surat Mangyan.
Let me quote the definition of ambahan:
"As a definition, it can be stated that the ambahan is:
A rhythmic poetic expression with a meter of seven syllable lines and having rhythmic end-syllables.
It is most often presented as a chant without a determined musical pitch or accompaniment by musical instruments.
Its purpose is to express in an allegorical way, liberally using poetic language, certain situations or certain characteristics referred to by the one reciting the poem."