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Enigma (Hiwaga)

Updated on May 19, 2015



Life's Mysteries



Why is the mountain’s stature?

That I cannot measure

why is the depth of the sea ?

I cannot gauge intensely

why are the clouds soaring?

I am still searching

why my dreams are absurd?

It’s hard for me , unfurled

why are there many questions?

it creates a stanchion

I am always wondering

the answers to this inkling

but life is always lacking

it keeps us want more, craving

up to now I am striving hard

so I can reach the ultimate reward

despite all this struggle

life is always a battle

so here I am moving on,

facing life’s dangerous dungeon…

Bakit ang tayog ng bundok

Hindi ko maarok

bakit ang lalim ng dagat

hindi ko masukat?

bakit ang alapaaap

hindi ko mahagilap

bakit ang panaginip

hindi ko masilip?

bakit ang daming katanungan

pumasok sa aking isipan

lagi ko pinag nilay nilayan

ang lahat ng kasagutan

pero lagi nalang

sa buhay ay may kulang

hanggang ngayon aking pinagsikapan

ang tagumpay na makamtan

sa kabila ng lahat

ng pagpursige ay hindi sapat

kaya heto parin nakikibaka

sa buhay na puno ng pangamba



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    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes Audrey...the original was written in Filipino...and I decided to write it in was really an experiment at first but i come to love it...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      How is it to write the same piece in 2 languages? Such a fine piece in English and I noticed that your wrote it in you native language first--

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, thank you for your concern WD Curry...we are fine here but i'm sad for those landslide victims and are still missing...

      yes, the poem was originally written in my mother tongue though I am not a native speaker in Tagalog but it is taught in school...a friend suggested why not use my local language which is Bisaya?well, i still have to find time for it...thanks again for the honest comment...i appreciate it well...

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      I am concerned, you had an earthquake. I hope all is well. It is one of life's mysteries that we live in danger from our own source of life.

      I appreciate the translation like the others. The rhythm is wonderful. English does it no justice.

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      6 years ago

      Nice one with tagalog version. How about your local cebuano/visayan dialect version. Cheers

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Yeah, I agree with you the fruits of our labor are sweet...we struggle most of the times because we don't let go...we keep things that are meant for us...

      Thank you for leaving a wonderful comment...

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      Kathryne Waller 

      6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Yes, raciniwa, life's struggle is hard! My best friend and I are constantly asking one another, "Why does life have to be so hard?!?" I think perhaps so that the joys we experience will be that much more treasured and so we won't grow so comfortable here that we forget Heaven is our real home. Beautifully written!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      my pleasure as always PDX...:-)

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome, racin

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu's not's Filipino or Tagalog...thank you for patiently reading my poems...i'm quite busy the past few days but i'll be keeping up if i can untangle some of my tasks...

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      6 years ago from DeLand, Florida

      Hindi indeed. It is the need!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you PDX...a style i've developed over time...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i agree Denise...without those...things we see are incognizant...thank you for noticing and for inspiring me...

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i liked seeing the translation at the end!

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wondering and curiosity is blood that flows through life. Without those...we wither and die.

      Beautiful piece-I enjoyed!

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      jamil capitle 

      6 years ago

      I wonder how to imagine many things but I wonder that imagine could be true or not possible.Many things that were imagine and were facing struggle's and obstacles in life but , many struggles in life but then others are still moving on for facing life's dangerous to face our struggles in life.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, there are lots of question unexplored...

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and deep. There are always lots of questions in life, aren't there.


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