POEM: Youth Speaks

We voice no Apologies.
We were caused by our time.
What we say happened to us.
Who have dared cold horizons.
So we say to you all:
We, too, have tasks to perform.

We love this country no less
Than lawmakers, money-lenders,
Governors, factory owners,
Or hacenderos. We offer
Our strength for foundations.
But first, we must clear this land.

We must cut down thick jungles
Before we can lay strong foundations.
We must drain protozoan marshes,
Burn old sores, cancerous flesh.
We who will inherit this land,
Fathers, elders, why disinherit us?
We who are young, longing and lonely,
Why do you poison our growth?

What if we are not privileged?
We love our country even much more
Perhaps than those who wallow in security
If we denounce wrongs, know that
Our cry begs for our need;
We do not wreck; we wish to perform,
To plan proud blooms that will live…
Allow us then; give us your trust.

 – Amador T. Daguio

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