Tuesday, April 3, 2012



Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Why pump the lifeblood

Of poor nations with Aid

From modern Titans?

This Aid’s a footstool of Ceasar.

Tis nothing but cancer that encroaches

Upon the weak body of the recipient:

Eroded are the remaining vestiges

Of moral strength for the Poor’s will

To rise from the maelstrom of wretchedness;

Tis the fattest of parasites

That rapidly saps all nourishment

From the Poor’s ulcerated belly;

Tis an aromatic essence

That later reveals its baneful powers

To asphyxiate the struggling breather

Towards Hamlet sleep.

For by now victims ought to recognize

When abominable vampires strike;

Blood loss in such sucking vein is much too different

From blood gained from an altruistic donor.

[Writ. 04 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila.]

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