Limos (Alms)

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Mga batang manlilimos sa lungsod ng New Delhi, India (Kuha ni V V Krishnan)

Maglakbay man sa butas ng karayom
hindi mo mahahawakan ang isang
kusing nasa palad nila.
Hindi ka makakain ng mga karne,
na nginunguya ng kanilang
mga malulusog na ngipin.
Ilahad mo man ang iyong kamay
ay hindi ka nila bibigyan.
Nangalay na’t lahat-lahat,
ang nagangalam mo pa ring sikmura,
ang magsasabi ng “Ayoko na!”
sa harap ng gahamang madla.

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You do not have to go through a needle’s hole
because you cannot still touch
the dimes which they are holding.
Still, you cannot eat those steaks
which their healthy incisors chew.
Extending your filthy arm
is not sufficient
to stir their desire to give.
As you feel the numbness within,
still your grumbling appetite
is exclaiming “This is enough!”
in front of the greedy crowd.

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