Mall Garden

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Ang kapirasong kalikasa’y mainam na kaysa sa wala.

Ang pag-usbong ng mga punla sa semento’y nakakatuwa.

Dito, sa tuktok ng bundok na nililok ng tao’y naaaninag ko

ang panginorin sa likod ng mga batong may paningin.

 

Parating na ang dilim ngunit ang mga bata’y nagtatakbuhan

At naglalaro pa rin na para bang kakagising pa lang ng araw.

Ang hanging banayad ay inaawit ang mga kanta ng mga paang

mabigat at bisig na pudpod nilang obrerong gusto nang umuwi.

 

 


 

Mall Garden
A little piece of nature is better than none,
Sprouting seeds on concrete better than bare.
Here atop a man-made mountain I see the sky
Behind a foreground of rocks with eyes.

The day is leaving yet the children run and
Play like it has just begun! A gentle breeze sings
The song of heavy feet and worn out limbs
Of tired laborers who will rest on closing time.

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