Queens Poet Lore
Ang sabi mo’y pula ang paborito mo.
Ang sabi ko’y puti ang paborito ko.
Kagabi nang tayong dalawa’y nagkita,
Nakapula ako at nakaputi ka.
What you said was red is a favorite of yours.
What I said is white was a favorite of mine.
When the two of us saw each other last night,
I dressed in red and you wore white.
– Emmanuel Lacaba
(translated from the Tagalog by Paolo Javier)
Emmanuel Lacaba was a Filipino writer, poet, essayist, playwright, fictionist, scriptwriter, songwriter and activist martyred at the age of twenty-seven. His poem and Javier’s translation appears in a limited-edition moleskin notebook commissioned by the Queens Council on the Arts QUILL (Queens in Love with Literature) Program, which seeks to develop the art of translation throughout the borough.