Francisco R. Albano

(March 29 / Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines)

Asun of the Revolution


In memory of Sr. Asuncion C. Martinez, ICM,84
+ July 21,1994


Who/what shall separate her from the land
That birthed her and now receives her into its sanctum
The land she helped defend against its desecrators
The land she opened us to as womanness of our being
Redeemed and reappropriated she is volcanoes
Of prophetic anger and flowers of justing love

Who/what shall separate her from the sky
That assumed her dreams and prayers for justice and peace
Her sweet incense of sacrifice and celebration
The sky wide as her embrace of the poor in body and spirit
Remembers and releases her as care of light and shadow
As night shedding tears like shooting stars

Who/what shall separate her from the people she served
Of picket line and rally and violent confrontations
Who touched the hem of her wisdom and compassion
Of her golden years to heal broken spirit in a civil war
Sunbeam of mission and starlight of conscience is she
Of happy memory long into the bloodlines of future

Submitted: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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  • Wanelisa Albert (7/10/2008 4:01:00 PM)

    My spirit is stired! what a breathtaking story.
    Clearly she was an amazing woman.
    If i can be half the the woman she was then i shall be satified (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (3/22/2008 9:20:00 AM)

    A worthy memorium. People live on in the memories of those who stay behind as your poem beautifully confirms. Someday, we will all be united again. (Report) Reply

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