You got to love Smorgasbord of Random Thoughts. It is the blog of Cheryl Daytec Yangot who, if you remember, caught our attention way back at the time when we were just making our first steps in the blogosphere (being encouraged by more established bloggers like Miskina Ano Naisip which I thought was a blog on tennis player Anastasia Myskina, Kayni’s Meanderings, and Gandang Igorota). Anyway, as we were saying, Cheryl caught our (and certainly the nation’s) attention because of her crucial role in exposing the board exam nursing scandal which you can read in our post here.
It’s good that Cheryl now has a blog because we are sure she will be adding valuable insights to our corner of the blogosphere. As we’ve said in the past, the more Igorot/iCordillera bloggers there are, the better it will be for us in terms of increasing our visibility as a people, in correcting the negative stereotypes held by most people about us, in articulating the many concerns that we face, at marami pang ibang bentahe.
Smorgasbord is, for the most part, a poetry blog so Cheryl joins the ranks of Jocelyn Noe and L. Angeleo Padua who publish their poems online for us to read. Yay!
I haven’t read all of Cheryl’s poems yet but I really like the ones I’ve read so far like Love Has a Hand and Invisible II. Here’s a paragraph from Invisible II so you won’t think that I’m just raving for nothing:
We were invisible. They did not see us
when they came with their bulldozers
and made plains of our mountains, our
home and refuge for millions of years
In the sacrosanct name of development,
they erected chateaus for the bourgeois
We looked at our home–
If that is not an excellent poem, I don’t know what is. Cheryl’s poems actually reminds me of the prose of Inquirer columnist Conrad de Quiros. I love reading Conrado’s column because it is always beautifully written. I have to admit though that I sometimes avoid said column because it usually makes me sad and mad.
Yup, de Quiros makes me sad and mad (not at him of course) because he has a knack for capturing our tragedy as a nation and our failures as a people and I sometimes don’t want to be reminded of these. But even if I actively try to not read de Quiros, his writing is just too good to miss so I do always end up reading him. And really we can’t run away from the tragic truth, which he often writes about, can we?
So Cheryl’s poems have this “Quiroesque” quality to them: they can be depressing because they speak the truth but they are too good to miss. So if you are in the mood for reading excellent poems about Igorots then visit Cheryl’s blog here. You might get sad a little bit as I was when I was reading them but the poems are good food for the mind and soul.