Kay Mariang Makiling

Nagpaalam noon ang Nanay.
Hindi ipinaalam kung saan siya pupunta.
Anong pook ang maaari niyang puntahan
upang di na magbalik?
Anong pook ang maaari niya?
Nagkampo kami ni Tatay sa Makiling.
Inalala ang kuwento ng diwatang
naglaho sa panglaw ng sariling panaghoy.
“Hindi na siya babalik,” sabi ni Tatay.
Pag-uwi, tinanaw ko ang bundok,
at totoo, mas maganda itong tingnan
sa malayo: hindi matitinag, buo.

(This poem is included in the required textbook used by DepEd for Grade 7. It was in my poetry book Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay, first published by ADMU ORP in 2006. In 2016, Librong LIRA released a new edition of the book. Go to BOOKS to see all my books. If you want to include this poem in your textbook or anthology, kindly contact me to ask for permission. Art work above is by Sean Sonsona.)

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