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this day

a loaded day,

there are no words--

just the welling of tears.





ika-8 ng Nobyembre
Y.AE.CH




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."





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  1. Date: 1/17/2015 7:07:00 PM

    Oh this is such a sad but beautiful piece! I love it - well done! Warmest regards. Pandita.
  1. Date: 12/25/2014 6:44:00 PM

    Happy happy happy happy (and almost belated) Christmas to you and your family, Sweet Lady! All my best wishes are flying your way (they'll be in the Philippines tomorrow morning : D) Be prepared, 2015 will be your best year! A big hug.
  1. Date: 12/7/2014 4:19:00 AM

    Nikko very powerful...just thought I would stop by and say hello and wish you a very Peaceful Happy Christmas...
  1. Date: 12/4/2014 7:22:00 AM

    Just dropping by to tell you I miss you Missy *mwahugs*
  1. Date: 12/2/2014 3:29:00 PM

    ... and why you're not writing? Don't need to answer ... look who's talking, not even 10 poems per year. LOL. Just in case I don't see you during the next few weeks: Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015!!A big hug!
  1. Date: 11/29/2014 8:57:00 AM

    Very funny, Wala Na! You changed your name and I kept looking for you all over the site. I even look in the rhyming dictionary (not a single word rhymes with Nikko : D) So, you "don't know"? It smells like a senryu ... a sad one. I hope it's fictional, how are you? How's everything in the Philippines? Sending a big hug!
  1. Date: 11/14/2014 7:17:00 AM

    Hey Missy ;) Are you okay? I see you changed your name again. Can I give you an Afrikaans name? *mwahugs* miss you

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