December 6, 2009
"Awit ng Bilanggong Politikal" (Axel Pinpin)
Song of the Political Detainee
BY AXEL PINPIN
My prison walls more than cold and sticky
Are framing whips of twisting agony.
My floor isn’t only rough and dirty,
In it is trapped a searing ennui.
The iron bars coated with rust,
The freedom I so want has greased its crust.
Smear with verses the slipping freedom!
Tear and tear down the silken iron!
Shut and shut off the plague’s kingdom!
Rise from the darkness lighted by anguish!
Smash and smash the walls of cowardice!
Smash the corral with the cry of release!
August 23, 2007
Translated from Filipino
From Tugmaang Matatabil (Southern Voices Printing Press, 2008)