Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ing Maskuladung Katmu King Tattoo

The Tattoo-Laden Muscle Man. Poem about surviving in an oppressive place and knowing the right strategy in ending oppression.

Ketang kulungan a keni e marayu
Iya ing giginuan da itang maskuladu
King balat na mánukluan la ring tattoo
Ating dragon, agila, ampong demonyu

In a prison not far from here / he's the god, the muscle man / with tattoos squatting all over his skin / there's a dragon, an eagle, and a demon

Balang sabian ning ginu iya'ng pámintuan da
Ring mangalating mengasukul king selda
Istung trip na' kabud pamugbugan na la
Mipalili kang lawe kaya, mate ka

God's orders were strictly obeyed / by the little people imprisoned there / If he felt like beating up, he did / Try glaring at him and you're dead

E ra ne man maibug 'sumbung karing pulis
'Tang minunang sinumbung mesaksak lapis
'Tang metung pa, king pataram, 'Nu ku, daplis
Ding karelang pangadi kabud lalaris

They can't tell the police about it / as the first who did was stabbed with a pencil / Heavens, another, almost killed with a dagger / Proof their prayers are just rotting

Ing biasa iya pin na i Lucas Salangsang
Malati mu dapot masiri't matapang
Ketang maskuladu dinian pakinabang
Ing sarili; gulut na pekámasayan

Lucas Salangsang was the clever lad / he was small but smart and brave / He made himself useful to the muscle man / he massaged well his back

Inya i Lucas ali na ne pángayan
Ambuski pa nu karin, iya, mákádalan
Basta bengi-bengi masahing manyaman
E salanan timiran pati bumbunan

Making Lucas not prone to his bullying / permitted to pass anywhere / as long as there was massage each night / not missing even his cowlick

Kabang ala pang pag-asa ibat kilual
Kabang mangabuangis la pa ring animal
Kumabiye ya i Lucas king correctional
Uling kinampi ya king pekamasikan

While hope is still unseen from outside / while the animals are still all wild / Lucas will survive in the correctional / for he rubbed elbows with the fittest

Patye 'la pang pamagbayu ing meganap
Iyadya't 'salikut na ne ing panatdak
Potang mamasayan na ne ing marawak
Pangabagya mu 'tin nang dayang papatak

But if no change happens / he will prepare and hide the dagger / and minutes after massaging evil incarnate / blood will drip

Ing maskuladung katmu king tattoo, bagsak!

The tattoo-laden muscle man, down!

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