Saturday, May 12, 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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