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Like the Molave-Rafael M. Zulueta Da Costa

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Like a Molave

I.
Not yet, Rizal, not yet. Sleep not in peace:

There are a thousand waters to be spanned;

there are a thousand mountains to be crossed;

there are a thousand crosses to be borne.

Our shoulders are not strong; our sinews are

grown flaccid with dependence, smug with ease

under another's wing. Rest not in peace;

Not yet, Rizal, not yet. The land has need

of young blood-and, what younger than your own,

Forever spilled in the great name of freedom,

Forever oblate on the altar of

the free? Not you alone, Rizal. O souls

And spirits of the martyred brave, arise!

Arise and scour the land! Shed once again

your willing blood! Infuse the vibrant red

into our thin anemic veins; until

we pick up your Promethean tools and, strong,

Out of the depthless matrix of your faith

in us, and on the silent cliffs of freedom,

we carve for all time your marmoreal dream!

Until our people, seeing, are become

like the Molave, firm, resilient, staunch,

rising on the hillside, unafraid,

Strong in its own fiber, yes, like the Molave!
Not yet,Rizal,not yet. The glory hour will come
Out of the silent dreaming
from the seven thousand fold silence
We shall emerge, saying WE ARE FILIPINOS!
and no longer be ashamed
sleep not in peace
the dream is not yet fully carved
hard the wood but harder the woods
yet the molave will stand
yet the molave monument will rise
and god's walk on brown legs

II.
The youth of the land is a proud and noble appellation,
The youth of the land is a panoramic poem,
The youth of the land is a book of paradoxes,
The youth of the land is a part on one’s back,
The youth of the land is a huge canvas of spectral colors,
The youth of the is an epic tragedy-comedy,
The youth of the land is a crashing symphony,
The youth of the land is a child grown old on tears,
The youth of the land is an oldman laughing through a perpetual in fancy; A...

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