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.”

About HARDPEN

Teacher-Writer Hardpen is my nom de plume. My real name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question, "Why do you write?" I don't write for rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories or essays, seeing them completed gives me immense joy and satisfaction. The happiness and sense of fulfillment I feel when completing my works are my rewards. When I teach, I don't work but I play. The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy. 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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