Turuan mo akong iguhit ang ilaw sa mga dingding ng buhay (Teach me to paint the light on the walls of life) – Lidia Chiarelli / Isinalin sa Wikang Filipino ni Eden Soriano Trinidad

Back to the First light, a tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti by Lidia Chiarelli
Para kay Lawrence Ferlinghetti sa kanyang ika-101ng kaarawan
Turuan mo akong iguhit
ang ilaw sa mga dingding ng buhay.
Turuan mo ako
na tingnan ang mundo
gaya ng iyong pagtingin
na maging butil ng luha ng araw
isang burol ng mga tula
isang salita sa isang puno.
Akayin mo ako
upang makita ang sikat ng araw
na tumatama sa matatalas na mga bangin
ang walang kapagurang paglaki at pagliit ng mga alon
Ang mga ibong tubig na humahamon sa hangin.
Sabay tayong makinig
Sa hininga ng ingay ng mga dahon
ang mainam na katahimikan ng mabituing gabi
ang hugong ng tag-araw sa patak ng mga ulan.
Dito at ngayon na
tulungan mo akong maabot ang pinakadulo ng ilaw
naghihintay para sa
pagbabalik ng mga kagilagilalas na panahong
makasama kang
muli at magpakailanman.
Isinalin sa Wikang Filipino ni Eden Soriano Trinidad
To Lawrence Ferlinghetti for his 101st birthday
Teach me to paint
the light on the walls of life
Teach me
to look at the world
as you see it
to become a tear of the sun
a hill of poetry
a word in a tree.
Lead me
to see the sun
hitting the sheer cliffs
the tides that restlessly ebb and flow
the water birds challenging the wind.
Let’s listen together
to the breath of rustling leaves
the perfect hush of a starry night
the sound of summer in the raindrops.
Here and now
help me reach the very shores of light
waiting for
the renaissance of wonder
with you
again and forever.

Just Look At Me! (The Forest Speaks) / Poem by Lily Swarn

Poem by Lily Swarn
Just Look At Me!
(The Forest Speaks)
Just look at me !
Suffused with bounteous plenty
Adorned with surfeit of the primordial life force
Breathing oxygen into the lungs of the universe
My green arms lifting up to the skies in Dua
(prayer )
Letting my leaves fall softly with an ennui born of autumnal lassitude
Just look at me !
I am the Amazonian jungle replete with flora n fauna
Orchids exquisite entwined with Heliconia and passion fruit flower
Rubber trees gazing down at giant water lilies
I smile beatifically at the bromeliads nodding at artistic Rattan palms
Just look at me !
Anacondas coil around my swamps , marshes and streams
Howler monkeys , jaguars , poison dart frog ,sloth , scarlet makaws and toucan love my heaving pulse
Agouti , gorillas , leopards ,elephants live off me
Just look at me !
I am also the Himalayan woods
Fed with gushing snow- fed rivers ,fattened with the monsoons
The base of the majestic mountains verdant with broad leaf trees and home to birds galore , tigers and asiatic lions
Higher you climb moss , lichen and ferns cling to rocks and trees
Beneath the lush canopy of maple and oak
Pine , fir , spruce , hemlock scenting the breeze
Keeping the golden langurs safe with the red pandas , musk deer and takins
Just look at me !
Alpine meadows blushing with rhododendrons giving way to montane grass protecting pikas,snow leopards and Himalayan tahrs ,black n brown bears walk through my paths
Red fox , blue sheep flying squirrels make friends with me
Just look at me !
My meadows perfume the skies with rare flowers carpeting the earth besides Daisies , poppies. Anemones , Primulas
Zinnias , geranium , petunias,marigolds and blue monkshood brightening the valleys
Just look at me !
Flirting with the lime butterfly , yellow swallowtail , blue Apollo , Mormon and spangle
Besides the Himalayan Monal pheasant , I let the Himalayan vulture nest in my heart along with woodpeckers , barbets , snow pigeons and spotted doves
I play hide and seek with lammergeier , sparrow hawk and snow partridge .
Just look at me !
Look closely now as my limbs are being amputated
Vivisection of my throbbing lungs pants for help as I am being slowly murdered
I who store carbon in my leaves , roots , trunks and soil
I who am home to three hundred million people and give livelihood to so many
I who provide lumber for firewood , furniture , and give resins , medicines,food
Just look at me !
I who am habitat for rare and endangered mammals like Orangutan in isolated rain forest patches
I who let insects and worms recycle nutrients through the soil
I who protect flooding with my mighty girth
I who save you from deforestation and soil erosion
I who can affect regional climates and rainfall patterns
I who can be an effective wind barrier
Just look at me !
And please let me be
Don’t uproot your earth
Instead help me be !
For I may simply swallow you up
And then there will be
No you and no me !
Copyright Lily Swarn 5.4.2018