This particular poem talks about ones wish to forget the hardships in life. The poem could represent the “cry” of every Filipinos’ wish for a better life. The “all-knowing”, “boastful”, and “conceited” person being addressed represents the politicians in the country. This poem reminds me of an event which happened just a week ago. Two senators ( Enrile & Jinggoy Estrada) appeared in the news complaining that they were maltreated. They said that they were left to walk under the heat of the sun while trying to enter a resort. They talked as if what they’ve experienced was very horrid. They totally forgot that a lot of Filipinos are suffering far worst than them.
Richmond ValdellonDon't Lie To Me About Power
I want you to lie to me about power
you, all-knowing, boastful, conceited
with that smirk about your face
that wrinkles your nose
and slants your smile
do this for me
make me believe
that the devil tugging my feet
the fools with umbrellas on sun-drenched
the ugly city rising
from garbage suffocated gutters-
is just an illusion
that I can strangle with
the quick grip of my fist.