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Jose Garcia Villa 55 Poems

Early Poems / Mga Unang Tula 47

By: J. Villa

Curve of gold above her
In the golden night,
Seventeen times I rose
Creating our child.

Seventeen kisses she gave me
In that golden night,
Seventeen times I rose
Creating our child.

Seventeen times I sang her
In that golden night,
Seventeen times I rose
Creating our child.

Seventeenth lift of gold,
Seventeenth fall of love,
In her golden soil
Sowen sweet our child.

 

Translated By: H. Francia

Balantok ng ginto sa kanyang itaas
Sa ginintuang gabi,
Labing pitong ulit akong tumaas
Habang nililikha ang ating anak.

Labing pitong halik ang iginawad niya sa akin
Sa ginintuang gabing iyon,
Labing pitong ulit akong tumaas
Habang nililikha ang ating anak.

Labing pitong ulit ko siyang inawit
Sa ginintuang gabing iyon,
Labing pitong ulit akong tumaas
Habang nililikha ang ating anak.

Ikalabimpitong pagtaas ng ginto,
Ikalabimpitong pagbaba ng pagibig,
Sa kanyang ginintuang lupa
Inihasik nang matamis ang ating anak.


Early Poems / Mga Unang Tula 46

By: J. Villa

Poem for a Youth

Go to a woman and say to her:
I want to live with you…

Drop to her feet for she is young
and most fair,
Touch her not yet, while her eyes
receive you.

Down the road of her eyes,
your young fairness shall go,
Down to the last petal of her heart
she shall receive you.

Gaze at the white flower of her breasts
(cruel, sweet tenderness!)
But touch her not yet, while her eyes
receive you.

Ai! she is young and most fair, her hands
in your hair
Fear her not now, O touch her well now!
she has received you.

 

 

Translated By: H. Francia

Tula para sa isang Binata

Magtungo sa isang babae at sabihin sa
kanya: nais Kong mabuhay sa piling mo…

Lumapag sa may paa niya pagka't siya'y
bata't kay sakdal ganda,
Hipuin siya'y huwag muna, gayong mga
mata niya'y tinatanggap ka.

Sa palusong na daan ng kanyang mga
mata, ang iyong murang kainaman ay tutungo.
Hanggang sa huling talulot ng kanyang puso
ikaw ay tatanggapin niya.

Tumitig sa maputing bulaklak ng kanyang dibdib
(malupit, matamis na kayumian!)
Nguni't hipuin siya'y huwag muna, gayong mga mata
niya'y tinatanggap ka.

Ay! Siya'y bata't kay sakdal ganda , kanyang mga kamay
ay nasa buhok mo na ,
Ngayon sa kanya'y huwag mangamba, O hipuin siyang mabuti
ngayon! ikaw ay tinanggap na niya.

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Jose Garcia Villa

Citattion of the National Artist Award conferred on Jose Garcia Villa by the Philippine Government

on June 12, 1973

Jose Garcia Villa is one of the finest contemporary poets regardless of race or language. When Have Come , Am Here, the first of his poems to be published in the West, broke upon the surprised consciousness of readers, it was immediately acclaimed for its beauty of language, intensity of thought and a fierce religious spirit absent in the poetry of his age.

Villa's theme are universal- the meaning of self, man's combat with God, the passion of love. He inhabits a timeless world, like the great poets of any language. and rise the ultimate questions about the meaning of life.


The center of Villa's universe is man, the puny inhabitant of a tiny planet, and the poet measures him fearlessly in the scale of perfection, which is God. He affirms God with a lyric exaltation allied to the religious mystics. Yet, on behalf of man, he challeges God in a daring afirmation that the creature made in His image contains in himself the seeds of His perfection.


To the art of poetry Villa introduced the reversed consonance ryhme scheme for greater subtlety and discipline, and the "comma poems" which glorify the punctuation mark by a strangely innovative functional and poetic use.


Villa's poems are distillates of wisdom and passion, couched in language of grave beauty and measured grace. In the country of the poet's imagination, word and thought often have a fresh but baffling "strangeness." This surely springs from the mixed Filipino cultural heritage which shapes the contours of the poet's thoughts and confers on his created language its characteristic ring and flavor. With Villa the Philippines is fixed firmly on the literary map of the world.

 

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