Ang Pasahe

cars-jeepney-pixarBandang hapon pauwi na si mang Teban
Galing sa opisinang pinapasukan
Sa isang kanto’y nag-abang ng sasakyan
At isang jeep kaaagad s’yang hinintuan.

Dumukot si mang Teban ng ibabayad
Problema’y wala halos baryang mahagilap
Tig-lilimang daan kasi perang hawak
Apat na piso lang ang baryang nahanap.

Sa salamin ng jeep ang mama’y natingin
Sa mata ng driver meron s’yang napansin.
“Aha!” Wika n’ya, “Ang driver pala’y duling.”
Akala’y lutas na ang kanyang suliranin.

Ang apat na piso’y doble kung titignan
Kasi nga duling ang driver ng sasakyan
Kaya’t walong piso ang kakalabasan
Iyon ang pasaheng dapat n’yang bayaran.

Ang kwatro’y  iniabot bago bumaba
Ngunit wika ng driver, “Kulang po mama.”
Ani mang Teban, “Walong piso na ‘yan ah.”
At sagot ng driver – “Kayo po’y dalawa.”


Teacher-Writer-Advocate for Self-improvement M, A, and D are the initials of my two first names (Massuline and Antonio) and my mother's family name (Dupaya). Ligaya (a Filipino word which means happiness in English) is my family name. MAD is actually one of my nicknames aside from Tony and Ching. My full name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question "Why do you write?" I don't write for material rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories, and essays, when I do research, the process of creating them gives me immense joy and seeing them completed brings me great satisfaction. I don't write for cash incentives, "likes," and "praises." I would be thankful should I get those but the happiness and sense of fulfillment I get while doing them and completing my works are my real rewards. Is teaching difficult? No! When I teach, I don't work but I play. My educational philosophy - "The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy." I am a lifelong learner too. My daily goal is to be better than I was yesterday. It's difficult, but it's worth the try. It's not for what I get from doing it but for what I become. Proud to be me! Proud to be a FILIPINO! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on December 19, 2017, in Philippine Poetry, Poetry, Tula and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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