Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Don't Lie to Me About Power

Kim Castro is a graduate of George Washington University. She has written many great poems at an early age, which were published here and abroad.

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 Valdellon
Don't Lie To Me About Power
Kim Castro

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
for once
make me believe
that the devil tugging my feet
during sleep;
the fools with umbrellas on sun-drenched
mornings;
the ugly city rising
from garbage suffocated gutters-
is just an illusion
that I can strangle with
the quick grip of my fist.

Source: http://www.oovrag.com/poems/poems2001e.shtml

5 comments:

elizab_a said...

This shrot but concise poem was able to create an image to the readers of the situation of the Philippines as well as the powerful men who contribute to the state that our country is in. I loved the way Kim Castro began the piece. By doing so, he was able to concretely describe the politicians in power. She was also able to place the situation of the Philippines as well. She was also able to express the gravity of the Philippine situation by pleading with the "all-knowing, boastful, concieted" to not lie about power and by expressing the desire to strangle to illusion with her grip.
---> Marie Elizabeth Marguerite Lopez Aguirre

Anonymous said...

it's true.. the sarcasm of it about power is simply delicious. there are a lot of sufferings worse than what we experience in our everyday lives yet we mope over those simple things.
it's about time we start counting our blessings instead don't cha all agree? :)

-- Wanda Madarang R16
I BS CTM

Anonymous said...

This poem has somehow an angry tone. I think this emphasizes the hatred that one may feel for those in power. In reality, the demons, the ugly city, and the like mentioned in the poem are not illusions. The ones in power have the ability to change all those, but corruption has creeped into their veins, making their own personal lives benefit more from the country's treasury compared to those who really need them.

-Marvin Pedregosa

neax said...
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neax said...

The poem is depicts the present situation in our country. how the people who has the money, the fame and the goons puts up their mask inorder to put people under their power. Philippines is not a poor country before but when the corrupt and selfish politicians entered the arena then they use their powers to hide the real person beneath that mask.when power is too much it corrupts...
lets put in mind YOU DONT HAVE TO BE GREAT TO DO SUMTHING BUT YOU HAVE TO DO SUMTHING IN ORDER TO BE GREAT...
---> neax, is a friend of Kim Evangelista