Poetry In Hiligaynon

By Richard John Alayon

‘Ne, please prepare
for we have a guest.
He was my companion
when I was still studying
the foolish ways of the town.

Tell Junior
to buy on credit
a case of beer
from the marketplace
and a coconut-shellful of peanuts.
Also kill
the hen sitting on the eggs
and mix the chicken with the core
of the rusing banana.

Come on, P’re, keep eating
don’t feel shy
for my wife and I are putting off
our quarrel until tomorrow.
Don’t make a problem
on my farm
since I’m using the palay seeds
for planting to pay
for our drinks.

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