Regional Tula

Ti Basolmo

limmabanak
ket pinapataynak

pinabasolnak
a nangasut
iti rikna
idi matiliwannak
a mangmangan
iti ayat

ginudasnak
iti rabii
a nasarakak
ti bituen a natnag

igamko
ti nagammatak
a lawag

pinabulsaam
iti ulimek
ti bangkayko
pinapetpetam
iti lagip

ebidensia
ti basolmo


Ang Iyong Kasalanan*

nanlaban ako
at pinatay mo ako

inakusahan mo
akong bumunot
ng damdamin
nang mahuli mo
akong kumakain
ng pag-ibig

pinatay mo ako
sa gabing
natagpuan ko
ang nahulog na bituin

sandata ko
ang nasunggaban
kong liwanag

pinabulsahan mo
ng katahimikan
ang bangkay ko
pinahawakan mo
siya ng alaala

ebidensiya
ng iyong kasalanan

*salin sa Filipino


Roy Vadil Aragon is a fictionist and a poet who writes mostly in Ilokano language. Many of his poems, short stories, and essays are published in Bannawag, an Ilokano magazine. He has won some writing prizes, awards, and fellowships for his fiction and poetry. He published his first printed book, BAGI dandaniw, a collection of selected Ilokano poetry, in 2015. In 2017, he published PAKSUY dandaniw & poems, a chapbook of poems in Ilokano and English. His selected Ilokano short stories, BANNUAR ken Dadduma Pay a Fiksion, was published in 2018. In 2000, he released a digital book of Ilokano poetry, Napili ken Saan a Napili a Dandaniw ken Dadduma Pay a Riknakem, considered as the first Ilokano poetry ebook. In 2019, he published two more Ilokano poetry collections, RABII 100 a #tweetniw, and BARIBARI. Besides writing, he edits and designs books, works as a freelance translator and editor, maintains a food blog, administers Facebook pages on Ilokano food and urban/container gardening, and pets a rooster, a hen, and three cats.

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