LET THE WIND BLOW

Let the wind blowWhere it shouldOn the mountains and hillsWhere once you have livedTo be with the peopleYou fought for. Let the wind blowWhere it shouldOn the shadowOf the perfect…

YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
(Or The Mountain She Climbed)

Islander in the City (by Pablo Tariman) (The following poem came about last year as I was listening to Strauss’ Last Four Songs. I used the music to recover from…

PAVAROTTI IN MY MIND

It’s been 14 years since the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti died.He moved on September 6, 2007– a year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He probably knew he was…

STAY A LITTLE LONGER MY CHILD

Stay a little longer my childKeep your father companyAs he welcomes another sunriseWithout you. Stay a little longer my daughterKeep your son companyHe who is proud of youIn your prolonged…

THE CHILD IN MY MIND

It’s hard to catch sleepThinking of the childIn my mind. But of courseShe has outgrownHer infant years. She has endedForty two yearsOf a lifeWith her brandOf heroism. I think of…

Islander in the City | Pablo A. Tariman:

RECUERDOS DE LA ISLA

(For Monsignor Ping Molina, Tony Zantua, Gregorio Sarmiento, Sr. Beda Camacho, Grace Sarmiento Gabao, Pablo de Leon, Pedro Rojas, Jesus Torrente** & especially to Architect J. Romano)   There was…

Islander in the City | Pablo A. Tariman:

SUSAN ROCES AT 80

A few days before her 80th birthday, Susan Roces.is still busy living her role as Lola Kap in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. In this scene, she is tearfully begging her grandson…

Islander in the City | Pablo A. Tariman:

SLOW DEATH FOR PHILAMIFE THEATER

If the Philamlife Theater along UN Avenue survived, it would have been 60 years old this September. But it had only a 52-year life; the last concert was in 2013.…

Islander in the City | Pablo A. Tariman:

WHEN YOU GET FLU AND MISTAKE IT FOR COVID-19

I get sick only once a year and it disappears in less than a week or two. On the week I watched three performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

A HANDMAID’S TALE

The Supreme Court has affirmed the life term meted out on Anna Liza and Reynold Marzan, who had physically abused Bonita Baran, a housemaid from Baras, Catanduanes. In a 15-page…