Elmer Romulo Valdez

Rookie (Luna, La Union, Philippines)

Shadows On The Sand - Poem by Elmer Romulo Valdez

We are the creations of the desert,
As the lurking shadows on the sand,
Displaying many hypocritical faces,
Ready to deceive the unwary spirit,
Poisoning the air to slay the prey.

We are the fools and scheming bastards,
With long memories of hatred and ire,
Who always misinterpret simple words,
And get confused in a familiar alley,
We forever want to have the last say.

We are the natural liars, the bogeys,
With fabrications and brags to impress,
With tales of conquests, no downfall,
To manipulate and subdue the rising tide,
For fear to be upstaged and undermined.

We are the know-it-all, the idiots,
Disdaining the brain-dead and gunk,
Never satisfied, bred to be grumps,
On the look-out for the stragglers,
Dragged by the over-zealous crabs.

We are the show-off, the puppets,
The colonial tags and assorted gems,
In our attempt to be the cynosure,
We step on toes and we block views,
And we crave to be larger than life.

We are the grand users and takers,
Whatever we give, we always expect,
Something in return, a bigger stake,
No consideration, never to compromise,
We have to get more, at whatever cost.

We are the beggars and noble scrags,
Yet neither penniless nor insensible,
We must uphold our dignity supreme,
And withstand the assaulting forces,
To declare ourselves as the choosers.

As we emerge behind the gray stones,
Disclosing our vulnerable existence,
We are traces with different shades,
We've evolved as hardened shadows,
The weeping creations of the desert.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 29, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 12, 2011


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