Balak: Ang Panaw sa Usa ka Hummingbird

Ang Panaw sa Usa ka Hummingbird

Palandonga nga ang hummingbird–
ang kinagamyang langgam ning kalibotan–
kansang gidak-on ingon ra sa imong kumagko,
mopanaw og labing layo aron pagbalhin
inig ilis sa panimpohon. Palandonga
nga maglupad siya nga mag-inusara. Tabok
sa lapad nga lawod ug yuta, maglupad
nga mubo aron paglikay sa buot motukob kaniya,
aron iyang makita kon asa siya makapahulay,
aron iyang hitultolan ang iyang gipadulngan.
Kita usab sama sa gamay’ng hummingbird
nga nagpadayon sa atong mga pagpanaw.
Lain ang atong mga agianan, lain ang mga lutsanan,
ug kasagaran magpanaw usab kita nga mag-inusara.
Unta, lagbas sa lapad nga lawod ug yuta–
sama sa gamay’ng hummingbird–
makatultol ug makaabot kita sa atong gipadulngan.

Urias A. Almagro
New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA


Michael Elliott /
Michael Elliott /


The Journey of a Hummingbird

Consider that the hummingbird–
the smallest bird in the world–
whose size is just like that of the thumb,
travels such a lengthy distance to move
when the season changes. Consider
that it flies alone. Crossing
the wide expanse of sea and land, it flies
low to avoid anything that might prey on it
so that it sees where it could rest,
so that it finds its destination.
We are also like the small hummingbird
who continue in our own journey.
Diverse paths lie before us, different corners,
and many times we also move alone.
May it be, that beyond the breadth of sea and land–
like the tiny hummingbird–
We can find and reach our journey’s end.

Translation by D.S. Simbajon

This poem has been published at the Kabisdak website and is translated here with permission from the author. Check out more Cebuano poems of Urias A. Almagro as well as from other poets at Kabisdak.

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