De la Cruz, Vellyzarius I.
BEFORE GOD I SAW PHILOSOPHY
Before God I saw philosophy--on bended knee--
and the pillars of wisdom and knowledge;
and round about the virtuous kow-towing,
round about and low--before the majestic
and glorious throne.
And I saw the lust of the flesh like a
bundled rag--tacked in a corner praising
the Lord' and the eyes
downcast--weeping and blind, praising the Lord;
and the pride of life humbled in
the dust, and praising the Lord;
and all the things in and of the world that
passes away; kow-towing low, and praising
the eternal glory.
And I saw defeat swallowed up in victory
by the Blood of the Lamb; and the
Final things united all in the love of Christ
and his Holy Cross.
(From: his book, Poems in Praise of God. Kalibo: Macar Enterprises, 1997)