I was the editor-in-chief of our newspaper back when I was in highschool. Not to be so boastful of it, I’ve honestly been the EIC for two years, and I’ve been a journalist for seven years, competing for newswriting contest during press conference back then.
Writing for our newspaper had been my life during highschool. I usually write for the news page and the editorial page for my column. During the layouting of it, the staffers need to be there just to help my Mom (being the adviser) and Sir Ed (who is no longer an adviser but a Filipino supervisor in the division office). And I’ve never wrote anything for the feature page, not when my Mom made an article and named it after me. So this poem was my very first enrty, from the mere fact that I’m already a senior student, and it so happened that there were still spaces to fill and we no longer have articles on hand. So as the EIC, I wrote something for those spaces, it came to be this:
HINDI MAGTATAPOS SA PAGTATAPOS
Sa ating paghihiwalay, mahal kong kaibigan
May makapagpapahid pa kaya sa luha ng paglisan?
Palagi kong babaunin ang bawat kasiyahan
Na kay tagal-tagal ay ating pinagsaluhan
Tila ‘di ko mawari na nalalapit na
Tatanggap ng sertipiko at ng medalya
Ngunit may kalungkutan pa ring madarama
Dahil tiyak sa kaibiga’y magpapaalam na
Sa ating pagtatapos, mahal kong IV-Dandelion
Inyong siguruhin, hindi ‘yan lalaon
Ang pagsasamahan nati’y palagi kong baon
Sa magiging pagtahak sa napiling propesyon
Kahit pa magkaroon ng bagong kaibigan
Hindi na mababago ang ating samahan
Tayo ma’y sa isa’t isa’y bibigkas ng “Paalam”
Darating pa rin ang araw “party-party” ang isisigaw.
I know I’m not really good when it comes to poetry, but the memories I had during the time I wrote this are precious enough to reminisce. I just really missed my highschool days, I just really missed my life back then 🙂