Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Young Sky

Jose Marte A. Abueg is at present the managing editor at a local television station (Gma 7). He is a known writer and some of his works include ‘Last time, it rained’, ‘Charcoal Days’ and ‘Salamandder: Ode to Old Nick’.

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.

Carlsberg Tsang

Young sky
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?

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Chia said...

This poem describes what strikes me as a "dawn of realization" moment. To something small, insignificant, and most importantly, blind, having the world come apart and reveal itself through eyes that can't see is something important, indeed, as it enlightens one to what is around him. Which, perhaps, is what the "lifting fog" is referring to.

In contrast to this, the city, which is descibed as "deaf in sleep" does not witness what is currently happening (in the poem) and will remain oblivious when it wakes.

It's possible that this means that willing ignorance will get one nowhere.

Chia Roxas

Sofia Ma. Isabel O. Mathay said...

Bats that sleep at day and are awake at night symbolizes the loss of hopes and dreams of the youth.
A bats' deafness symbolizes society's ignorance to the importance of education.
This poem shows great comparison towards society's view on education. A problem that is continuously present in the Philippines. Its sad how such a simple problem can leave great effects and consequences in the future.

Jim said...

It reminds me of certain clichés like “What is vital is hidden,” and “There is more than meets the eye.” The blind bat gets on with his life without seeing things. What’s worse is the case of the city, or of humanity as a whole. When people wake up, we also get on with our living, but do not see what is really essential and valuable in life even with all our senses functioning. We do not realize what is really happening even though it occurs right in front of us. It shows that humanity is enclosed in our activities that we ignore the things that may not concern us but affect us otherwise. It’s like the presence of fog; we could see it, but it’s not there when we come close at it, not realizing that we are already amid it.
--Neil Jameson Sta. Isabel