Forest logs in a deforested area, image from Pixabay

“Panaghoy Para sa Inang Kalikasan”

Forest logs in a deforested area, image from Pixabay

Dati-rati’y nakaukit sa punong chesa
Mga pangalang sa sanga’y nakaburda
Hugis puso ang sa gitna’y nakaplakada
Bakas ng kahapon, malimit sa alaala.

Sa kasalukuyan, mukhang di na eto mararanasan
Sunod-sunod na ang mga trahedya ng sunog sa kabundukan
Mga punong walang muwang, tuluyan nang nagkakaubusan
Labis na kinakabahan, nag-aalala para sa mga kabataan.

Mayroon pa kaya silang mga punong matutunghayan?
Magkakaroon pa ba ng pagkakataong maiukit ang pangalan?
Puso’y labis na nangangalaiti’t nagdaramdam
Sa mga walang habas kung manira sa Inang Kalikasan.

Mga ibon at kanilang inakay, paano na?
Maiwawaglit na lang ba sa ating alaala?
Pakiusap, ikaw na pangahas, tama na
Bigyang-galang kagandahang tinatamasa.


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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