By RICHARD R. GAPPI
At the town’s main hub will stand
high-rise buildings, luxury resorts
and a new hall that will mark heads and pockets
with “THIS IS SAN JUAN: A GREAT TOWN,”
at the expense of helpless babies and kids
suffocated by the demolitionists’ tear gas.
How many feeding bottles were dropped?
How many feeding bottles drowned in canal?
How many bottles of innocence
were broken by violent fascistic ways?
Give me an answer, gentlemen,
before you count and sum up how much
your earnings and mark-ups will be
largely due to your immoderate
greed and anti-poor practices
masqueraded by development programs.
If there is none, however much the amount
you hold in your hands, there are bottles
broken that will cut and incise
deeper and deeper into the recesses
of your mind, into the core of your soul.
(Translated by Angelo Ancheta January 27, 2011)