Ambahan 27

by Janice Liuson-Young

2017

 

Mixed Media on Canvas

 48 inches x 36 inches

Ambahan 27

(English)

Mother used to carry me

Father never left my side

When I was but an infant

I was such a tiny tot

who could barely speak a word.

Walking to the field to work

he would take me by the hand

telling me his old stories

from a deep well of wisdom.

Many things are different now

today this boy understands

what it is my father said

what it is my mother showed.

Even when I'm walking far

traveling for many miles

my mind reaches back to them

with these problems I must solve.

(Spanish)

Madre solía llevarme
Padre no se me apartó
cuando yo era niño aún 
apenas un chiquitín 
que casi no sabía hablar,
Yendo al campo a trabajar
él tomaba mi mano
contándome sus cosas
con gran sabiduría.
Todo es distinto ahora,
ahora este niño entiende
lo que dijo mi padre
lo que dijo mi madre
y hasta cuando ando lejos
viajando muchas millas
mi mente vuelve a ellos  

cuando debo decidir        

(Filipino)

Kinakalong ni Nanay

kinakandong ni Tatay

sadya pang kamusmusan

tunay akong paslit lang

hangang sa kaingin man

‘Sinasama ni Tatay

kahit pa utal-utal

sanggol na walang muwang

ngunit nang magka-minsan

lumaki’t magkagulang

akin namang nalaman

kay Tatay, kawikaan

kay Nanay, kasabihan

malayo mang lakaran

saan man ang abutan

kung kasam-an ang datnan

sila lang ang uwian!