Ang astig at ang balisa (photo taken during Chinese New Year celebration, Manila Chinatown, Jan 2014)

Ang astig at ang balisa (photo taken during Chinese New Year celebration, Manila Chinatown, January 31, 2014)

I.

sa may Binondo, Chinatown
naka-spot ako ng dal’wang
trapik enforcer ng Maynila

ang una’y mukhang balisa
yung isa nama”y hanep-porma ang asta
naka-shades, Oakley pa yata
naka-helmet pa mandin
takot yatang mabagok
ang ugok nyang isipan?

II.

way down Chinatown

I espied two

Manila traffic enforcers

one was deathly worried

the other had a haughty mien

in Oakleys even

and a helmet to boot

who’s really fearful

and who’s concerned?

© 2014 punulaang salbaheng kabayo/crazy horse photopoetry

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