Oh How To Find Silence In The World Poem by Cirilo Bautista

Oh How To Find Silence In The World

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Being spotted in the color of skin,
why I take care in San Francisco,
waiting for the bus to Iowa.
They say racial prejudice is strong,

Negros and not whites kawawa,
and because of this they will revolt.
I shiver and shiver from fear and hunger
because I just landed from Tokyo.

A Negro came into the station—
naka-African hairdo; he holds a small
whip: it’s scary to look, so
I did not look at him. Kumakalansing

the metal on the strings of his shoes
and he shouts, “Peace, brothers!” Smiled showing
white teeth. Looked at me—
maybe he laughed at what he saw—

a tiny dayuhan, dark and from
some lupalog. Upside down
my insides went in fright and pulled
a cigarette so the redness of my face

wouldn’t show. I nahalata
that the Whites there too were quiet
so quiet, unable to speak in front
of that Negro. Only when he left returned

the normalcy in the station—others
read again, neighbors gossiped again,
laughter, the janitor sweeped again.
After a while that Negro passed again

two white Americanas on each arm,
blonde, their beauty with no equal.
The janitor stopped sweeping.
I thought, “So this is racial prejudice.”

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
juan carlos 28 August 2018

When was the work published and Where was the work published? please paki sagot po kailngan ko po talaga

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fleur 29 August 2018

lol same tayo ng gipili for 21st lit, schoolmate

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fairy 02 September 2018

hua me too, et sa 21st lit, hello guys

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rixy jay lloren 28 August 2018

what is of cirilo bautista

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hello 13 July 2018

What's the meaning of this poem please?

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Shakira Nandini 18 July 2021

You have described the disadvantages of racism very well.5+++

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Febe aparre 28 October 2020

Describe the linguistic context of the poem

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Oh look 05 August 2019

How to understand po

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Bhe2x loves 29 July 2019

What is the meaning in each lines

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Mj go 26 July 2019

What is the persona of this poem “oh how to find silence in the world“

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