Tuesday, August 7, 2007

icon at war #9

time to dress up in your torn clothes, ladies. put on ashes in your hair and smear the ugliest make up on your face. face the crowd and start babbling the declamation piece...

Vengeance is not ours, It's God's
Alms, alms, alms. Spare me a piece of bread. Spare me your mercy. I am a child so young, so thin, and so ragged.

Why are you staring at me? With my eyes I cannot see but I know that you are all staring at me. Why are you whispering to one another? Why? Do you know my mother? Do you know my father? Did you know me five years ago? Yes, five years of bitterness have passed. I can still remember the vast happiness mother and I shared with each other. We were very happy indeed.

Suddenly, five loud knocks were heard on the door and a deep silence ensued. Did the cruel Nippon’s discover our peaceful home? Mother ran to Father’s side pleading. “Please, Luis, hide in the cellar, there in the cellar where they cannot find you,” I pulled my father’s arm but he did not move. It seemed as though his feet were glued to the floor. The door went “bang” and before us five ugly beasts came barging in. “Are you Captain Luis Santos?” roared the ugliest of them all. “Yes,” said my father. “You are under arrest,” said one of the beasts. They pulled father roughly away from us. Father was not given a chance to bid us goodbye.

We followed them mile after mile. We were hungry and thirsty. We saw group of Japanese eating. Oh, how our mouths watered seeing the delicious fruits they were eating, Then suddenly, we heard a voice call, “Consuelo……Oscar……Consuelo……Oscar……Consuelo. ……Oscar……” we ran towards the direction of the voice, but it was too late. We saw father hanging on a tree…… dead. Oh, it was terrible. He had been badly beaten before he died……and I cried vengeance, vengeance, vengeance! Everything went black. The next thing I knew I was nursing my poor invalid mother.

One day, we heard the church bell ringing “ding-dong, ding-dong!” It was a sign for us to find a shelter in our hide-out, but I could not leave my invalid mother, I tried to show her the way to the hide-out.

Suddenly, bombs started falling; airplanes were roaring overhead, canyons were firing from everywhere. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Mother was hit. Her legs were shattered into pieces. I took her gently in my arms and cried, “I’ll have vengeance, vengeance!” “No, Oscar. Vengeance, it is God’s,” said mother.

But I cried out vengeance. I was like a pent-up volcano. “Vengeance is mine not the Lord’s”. “No, Oscar. Vengeance is not ours, it’s God’s” these were the words from my mother before she died.

Mother was dead and I was blind. Vengeance is not ours? To forgive is divine but vengeance is sweeter.

That was five years ago, five years…… Alms, alms, alms. Spare me a piece of bread. Spare me your mercy. I am a child so young, so thin, and so ragged. Vengeance is not ours, it is God’s……It’s……God’s……It's...


performing that declamation piece was once my high school dream. but the buds of my stage-skills weren't in full bloom at that time. so the dream wasn't realized.*sigh*

until now, this literary piece is still the main reason why i'd want to see myself beg, cry and shout someday on a stage.

...ikaliligaya kong magpakabaliw sa harap ng maraming tao kahit minsan lang...bow.

*art above by Jules Bastien Lepage: "The Blind Beggar"


fairygodflower says: sigurado ka prinsesa?...magsusuot ka ng sako, buhusan ng putik at humarap sa tao?

bitchywitch says: hanokavah! kaya nga nyang magsisigaw sa kalye at magtinda ng balut nang tanghaling tapat habang nka spandex...yan pa?!

hide not your talents. what use were they made for? what's a sundial in the shade?
-Benjamin Franklin

9 ang nakibaka (comments):

Kiks said...

Maganda rin yung Chiacgo diba? O kaya yung Like the Molave?

Why didn't you pursue this dream when you were a kid? What gives?

MANDAYA MOORE: Ang bayot sa bukid said...

memoryado ko yan noon-- nasaulo ko while pinapraktis ng sister ko ang piece. sabi ni mama, mas magaling daw ang delivery ko. tse si ate!

aries said...

kiks, di ako familiar sa molave. ung chicago ni zeto jones? di ko olang xa pinanood, sinabayan ko pa xa ng sayaw...ching.

sa probinsya pa ang era na ito at wlang performing arts group dun kaya wa support ang kabataan. busy rin ang bakla nang naka tungtung sa syudad. at kahit meron man, wa rin support ang mga parents. kay yun...ang haba.

tita mandaya, mag chorus tayo...saya davah? wehehe

ruff nurse-du-jour said...

yeah! i did that declamation piece back when i was in elementary. a bitchy classmate of mine was selected to represent our class. =(

irated, i chose another piece, the "Friends, Roman, Countrymen" by julius caesar. there was a class votation and i was ultimately chosen. HA! talk about vengeance!!! =)

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

I keep clicking that button that says "nakibaka". Is this something to do with a cow? What's the connection? -- well, maybe I don't understand everything. LOL.

Our little princess in the east, your blog is refreshing to read. I've seen things here I didn't know about your kingdom, I mean, counntry.

aries said...

hi ruff. yeah, vengeance is a nice word and better experienced hehe

hi pisanu, wahehehe it means "joined the war/battle/struggle" and thank you very much for your constatnt visit. mwahh mwahh

Anonymous said...

thanks sa pag-post ng copy...........
..........Freindster po gamit ko. Kung Gusto niyo po makita, paki-search na lang po--Jireh Mara

Anonymous said...

Pwede bang makahingi nang ISBN # ng Vengeance is not Ours, It's God's?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this declamation piece...I am a Filipino teacher workin' here in Thailand and presently preparing for the Provincial Contest here. 2 years ago, my student got the first prize award for the speech contest here but unfortunately last year we only got the 3rd prize award because I really din't get the good piece...right now I am aiming for the first prize again.I just hope that this one could be of great help..anyway, kahit ano pa man ang maging result..I will still feel great because I will be able to share with them one of the most popular declamation piece that we have there in the Phils...Thanks and God Bless!!