of banana trees rotting In the sunlight. The man who
watches over it Has commandeered all hopes, Placed them in a sack,
And tied its loose end He goes around carrying it On his back.
banana tress rotting symbolizes the hope of the people fading away. The
hope of citizens are then took by their leader. This is similar to what
corruption caused by the government, brought wealth to the Marcos
family and made the countrymen suffer.
a handful of feathers, Just a handful of feathers.
how light the burden Of government is in peace time
can turn it into a metaphor.
These lines symbolize the dictatorship of the
leader. Marcos made the hopes of Filipinos fade. He was also known to
have stolen millions of pesos and have violated multiple human rights,
which include the
right to live and freedom of speech and
Hopes of the countrymen seems to be of little value and
could be easily thrown away for a leader like Marcos.
kneel on the parched earth And pray for rice. Only the wind
Hears your useless words.
The lines symbolize the Filipinos hoping for a
change. Sadly, these hopes
be heard by the government because
they have turned a deaf ear to everyone.
country without miracles Tries to get up from the page, But
the bold ink and sharp colors Hold it down.
Lastly, these lines symbolize
that the country wanted to stand up and hold their hopes high. However,
they were not able to do it for the damage that the Martial Law has
brought the country was hard to heal. The bold in and shar colors signify
the letters in protests, headlines, and even in books. These evidences of
Martial Law will be part of history.
Poetry Analysis 2