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“Tukwaw,” Siday para kay Dayaw ni Harold L. Mercurio

Sangka manunudlo si Harold L. Mercurio sa Northwest Samar State University sa Calbayog, Samar. Dyang pandemic siday (binalaybay, tula) pakig-istorya na man sa anang bata nga si Dayaw.

Tukwaw

Harold L. Mercurio

San gutiay pa ak’

diri ak’ nahingangaturog

pagpininsar san akon minangnuan

nga ugang ug siwo

sa amon luyo

labi kun nasiburog

na an tukwaw

dida san paghuyop

san habagat.

Yana nga amay na ak’

mas labi nga di ak’ nahingangaturog

san akon ugang ug siwo

kay waray pa humuyop an habagat

nagtikang na an tukwaw.

An ugang madali bilngon,

pero an siwo maiha padakuon.

Nano na man la an kalipayan

san nagmamanukan kun an imo

minangnuan mahahanaw

sa usa la nga pagpirok san tukwaw?

San ginsusurat ko ini nga siday

lumahos na usa ka milyon

an gintukwaw san Covid

sa bug-os nga kalibutan.

Lahos na liwat singkwenta kayukot

an mga napukan.

Diri ak maaram

kun may katalwasan.

An tukwaw la an naglalarang

kun an ugang, siwo o bisan an higot

iya igtutubyan.

Abril 4, 2020    

Tukwaw

Translation by Donna Barandino

When I was a child

I could not sleep

thinking of my poultry’s

hen and chick

in our backyard

during the time when

tukwaw was fast spreading

as the Southwest monsoon

started blowing.

Now that I am a father

the more I could not sleep

thinking of my hen and chick

since tukwaw begins spreading  

despite the Southwest monsoon’s silence.

The hen is easy to find,

but the chick is hard to grow.

What consolation awaits

for a poultry grower

if your fowls vanish

in the blink of an eye of tukwaw?  

When I was writing this poetry

the tukwaw cases all over the world

caused by Covid-19

passed more than a million already.

More than 50,000 as well

had succumbed.  

I do not know

if there is a bright tomorrow.

Only tukwaw decides

whether it’s the hen, the chick or even the rooster

it would sacrifice.    

April 4, 2020  

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     *Tukwaw means avian flu.