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The empty chair - A Poem

Updated on January 5, 2012
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Education for All

The Empty Chair


Who will then sit?

Will it surely fit?

To the young mind

Who is so far behind?


It really needs to be filled

The empty chair beheld

That is always the reason

Of people behind the position


Education for all

Is taking its toll

Candid teachers are on the list

Punishment at its best


Teaching at their own behest

To ensure their tomorrow

Don’t live them in the ghetto

Let them stay in school at least


Front liners can’t do a thing

This is their vow more than anything

Education is the hound

Whatever problems abound


Surely they can sort this out

So those who’re seated will not pout

Of the servants muted shout

To follow the law whatever is in the snout


This is their calling

The empty vessel they’re filling

If not, benefits will be lost

To give due respect above most...

Ang Bakanteng Upuan


Sino kaya ang uupo

Ito ba ay mapupuno
Sa paslit na kaalaman

Kahit tiyan ay walang laman


Kailangan talagang mapunan

Ang bakanteng upuan

Iyan ang laging dahilan

Ang nasa may kapangyarihan


Edukasyon para sa lahat

Ang laging isinawalat

Kailangan ng gurong matapat

Parusa ang katapat


Pagturo’y kailangang isasaayos

Para kinabukasan nila’y mairaos

Huwag silang hayaan sa kalye

Sa paaralan sila manatili


Tagpagsulong walang kawala

Ito na kasi ang kanilang panata

Sa edukasyon kayo na ang bahala

Kahit anong problema nakaamba


Seguradong ito’y kayang lutasin

Ang nakaupo ay bingi man din

Sa piping sigaw ng abang lingkod

Kasi kailangan sa batas susunod


Kinabakusan nila dapat tutukan

Kundi benepisyo kaltasan

Kung hindi magampanan

Yaring katungkulan


Isa ka lang namang tagapuno

Sa kakulangan nilang nakatago

Naipit sa sistemang uod

Walang kawala, magpatianod…


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I suspect your intent was to use the word "leave" in your line "Don’t live them in the ghetto." What language are we translating to enjoy the last portion of your poem? If it is Tagalog, I will ask my daughtr to try. She served an LDS mission in Manila in the late 90's and I am anxious that she should not lose all of her fluency.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes Audrey, and being part of the same makes me feel bad...doing nothing about it...thanks for visiting...

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Education is under the gun these days --little money and getting worse in some ways--fees as higher for college and I wonder if we are becoming more stratified not less--Thank you for your wonderful poem and your giving heart

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you for the suggestion Aurelio...it's well taken...yeah, the original title is Ang Bakanteng Upuan...

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nicely done. But perhaps you can retitle the Filipino version, so people know it's the original. Otherwise, it looks like a continuation of the English. Maraming salamat. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      that's correct dai...Love wisdom and never depart from it...it will take care of you...

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      ailen ferrer 6 years ago

      education is the key to sucess..

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      glad to hear that...:-)

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome, racin

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you PDX and for visiting my hub today...

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      nice work, racinwa!

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you b...that's my way of expressing my disgust of the few leaders i have here in our place...they always want to blame someone else for the low quality of education...thank B...

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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      What a lovely poem - an empty chair can have so man connotations - when I started to read, I thought you were going in an entirely different direction - very commendable - B.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, thank you ahorseback for the wonderful comment...it sure does add a dose of confidence to me...thank you also for visiting...

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      It is the conciencious teachers like you that make all the difference! Congratulations for that!....:-}

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you Eddy for the words of encouragement...you're a great friend as well...

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub raciniwa ,you are a gifted writer and here's to so many more to share on here.

      Take car and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Darknlovely,

      thank you for believing in the message of the poem...and also for the vote of confidence...

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      Love the message within this write.. keep on writing my hubber friend vote up

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      @Barbs...thank you for sharing your insight...as an educator i do take so much passion for my work...

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @raciniwa...Deep thoughts for educators, but for the public, as well! Nice work!

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, it's sad to reflect on the worsening plight of our educational system...thank you for sharing sentiments with me...

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Now this poem here is an interesting poem to behold. Such beautiful words written from an empty chair. If I really look into it, read behind those words there are many different meanings, personal to me, that are deep. I really like it. It's so true, though, very true. Education is slowing down and it's a depressing thought. A thought as depressing as an "empty chair".

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Denise,

      your comment inspired me a great...thank you so much...

      yes i am saddened by the deteriorating Education in our place since i'm an educator myself...i'm still doing my best though...

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      raciniwa-beautiful and woeful plea; The empty chair dilemma appears to fall on deaf ears...

      I had a thought that the part in nonEnglish was a repeat of the poem...my observation seemed to be accurate from your comment.

      Nicely done-I'm looking forward to reading more. Your comment to mine on your 'depression' question has me curious...email me if you would like to discuss this.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hello ray!!!

      so nice of you to drop by and read my poem...actually it's a Filipino version...because this poem was originally written in Filipino and translated it to English...and yes i do so care about the future of our youth...

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      aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Cool write . The last part i couldn't make out . lol .

      You seem to be a concerned person . it shows in this poem . nice to meet ya

      ray

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