This poem reminded me of not a current issue but a long-standing issue about education. Children who are deprived of education somehow becomes the bat described in this poem, their lack of education leaves them helpless in our society that doesn’t have enough jobs even for the educated.
Jose Marte Abueg
Nearly all bats are nocturnal, and many live in caves. Blinded bats easily find their way through complex obstacle courses, but deafness leaves them helpless.
Could that latecomer bat roaming
like a sparrow marvel at the blue
of daybreak? While, hidden behind
iron rooftop, concrete wall, crown
of corner tree, a young sun tinges
clusters of stray clouds salmon?
In the deafness of sleep, does the
city know that poetry is being made,
that in the imaginable distance, fog
is lifting from a mountain brook?
Taken from: http://www.geocities.com/icasocot2/abueg_poems.html