Cheryl L. DaytecYañgot

Rookie (Baguio City, Philippines)

Invisible - Poem by Cheryl L. DaytecYañgot

(for the indigenous peoples)

We were born rich in an abundant land.
Then they saw us and all of a sudden

We were invisible. They did not see us
when they came to vandalize the burial
grounds of our ancestors to herald the
fabrication of counterfeit lakes and rivers
with strong flux to command brightness
for faraway places they called civilization.
We looked at our future-

We were invisible. They did not see us
when they came with their bulldozers
and made plains of our mountains, our
home and refuge for millions of years.
In the sacrosanct name of development,
they erected chateaus for the bourgeois.
We looked at our home-

We were invisible. They did not see us
when with supercilious air, they flounced
into our florid forest thieving her coins and
jewelry; she is now void inside, threadbare
on the surface, dumped by false gods who
wallow in the brimming briny of her wealth.
We looked at ourselves-

We are the people whose life is the land
The land is departed; so are we demised.
We flounder in the miasma of destitution.
Our invisibility was our strong impotence.
Our invisibility was our victorious defeat.

Our visibility
is our campaign
against invisibility.

Comments about Invisible by Cheryl L. DaytecYañgot

  • Cain XXX (10/13/2008 6:43:00 AM)

    awesome! ! ! truly truly awesome! a really good portrayal of civilization and how it has ruined culture, beauty and people. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 13, 2008

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