Sad woman with laughing mask.

“Ngiti”

Sad woman with laughing mask.

Habang may natitira pa sa naghihingalong lakas-loob;
sapilitang sa mga matatamis na ngiti ikukubli ang bawat pait,
ang mga sakit na animo’y libu-libong perdible…
walang awang tumutusok sa kaibuturan.

Sana’y kagaya sa isang inosenteng musmos,
bawat ngiting kumakawala sa labi ay walang halong pag-iimbot at pagkukunwari.
Bawat halakhak ay kaakibat ng tunay na ligaya
at walang patumanggang katuwaan.


Susie Bangles-Baldo is a proud Igorota who belongs to the ethnolinguistic group Kankana-ey and a mother of three, two curious lads and a vigorous lassie. She spent her childhood savoring the blessings of simplicity in the ili; sidking-aparador, Chinese garter, bebe-ey (bahay-bahayan), climbing the caimito and swimming in the river were among the sundry fondest reminiscences that contributed to her yearning of going back to basics and reviving Indigenous poetry.

Susie is interested in the advancement of indigenous mental health and wellbeing that is grounded from the grassroots. She appreciates all sorts of writings (genially calling it as #KaisipangMalaya); believing that these are expressions of a person’s innermost thoughts and feelings, longings, hopes and dreams. Poetry is viewed as a vehicle that succor in reconnecting the dots from the past to make the present-day an opportunity for unlearning, relearning and development.

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