“PAGPAPATAWAD” (FORGIVENESS)

Since I posted my entry for a local writing competition (poems category) more than two years ago, “Tula ng Puso: Pananampalataya, Pag-ibig, Pag-asa” (Poems of the Heart: Faith, Love, Hope) has been one of my most-read posts. I know it has nothing to do with any writing talent I have. They’re most probably just either Googling for samples to get writing ideas, or looking for love poems for Valentine’s.

What most people don’t know is that two of those poems were very personal. Non-Filipinos didn’t even understand, for sure. The most personal was the third and this month, especially today, it holds a very special meaning in my heart. Every time March comes, I grieve twice.

It’s not the best poem out there, but it is my most heart-felt. I wasn’t just writing to win a contest (winning at that point seemed like wishful-thinking). I was trying to convey my grief and ask forgiveness, maybe even for understanding.

This is it below, with translations. I hope nothing is lost in translation (I tried my best, but don’t consider it the official English version).

PAGPAPATAWAD (FORGIVENESS)

 

Hindi ko alam. (I do not know.)

 

Paano nga ba? (Please tell me, how?)

paano magpatawad? (how to forgive?)

paano magpatawad sa sarili (how to forgive oneself)

sa pagkabigo bilang isang ina? (for failing as a mother?)

 

Paano mawawaglit ang sakit na narito (How can I lose this pain)

kung sa bawa’t araw, ang bawa’t araw (if each and every day)

ay naglalaman ng iyong alaala, mahal ko? (has memories of you, my love?)

kung ang bawa’t tibok ng puso ko (if every beat of my heart)

ay nagsasabing sa iyo’y tuluyang naglaho? (reminds that yours beat no more?)

 

Paano? (How?)

kung sa bawa’t “Kumusta?” ay “Mabuti” ang tugon ko (if for each How-are-you, I say “I’m fine”)

gayong ang bawa’t tugon ay may halong kirot? (yet each reply carries the hurt with it?)

Sinungaling… (Liar…)

 

Paano? (How?)

 

…Siguro, may mga bagay na sadyang di natin masasagot.

(…Perhaps, there really are questions that will remain unanswered.)

 

Hindi ko alam. (I do not know.)

Hindi lamang sa ngayon. (Not for now)

 

Darating din ang araw na masasagot ko kung paano.

(Time will come that I will finally learn “How?”)

 

Umaasa pa rin ako. (Yet I keep hoping.)

Isang araw ay babalik ka sa piling ko. (Someday, you’ll come back to me.)

Hindi man ngayon. Maghihintay ako. (Perhaps not for now. But I patiently wait.)

 

Hanggang mayakap kita, mahalikan kita, at masabing

(Until I can hold you in my arms, give you kisses, and say)

 

“Pinapatawad ko na ako.” (“I now forgive Me.”)

Advertisements

Let Me Know Your Thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s