Tanda ko, 2010 nang i-introduce sa akin ng isang kaibigan at co-teacher ang spoken word poetry. Instantly, I fell in love with it. Words + Rhyme + Metaphors + Performance + Music (occasionally) = Orgasm. At dahil maghapon akong nagpakalunod sa mga akdang napapanood at napapakinggan sa Youtube, naipon ko ang limang spoken word poem na aking pinakapaborito. Kapag hindi ka nakilita, napukaw, naantig, at nag-orgasm sa alinman sa mga ito, ay ewan!
1. Totally like whatever, you know? by Taylor Mali
I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.
Ito ang pinakaunang spoken poetry na na-encounter ko. Napakinabangan ko ito noong nagtuturo pa ako ng Speech Communication. Narito ang buong video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEBZkWkkdZA
2. Apology by Shane Koyczan
We’ve managed to muddle through the awkward stage of
“I like you and do you like me”, but when we both said yes
Life became a multiple choice test.
Not knowing anything we became each other’s best guess.
And holding your hand is less like exploration and more like discovery.
Lady, I don’t have to study you to be sure,
You’re the choice I made before I knew what the other choices were.
Si Koyczan ang pinakapaborito kong gumagawa ng spoken word poem. Heto ang buong video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kMkpDfjnJU
3. When Love Arrives by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye
Love also cries.
And love will tell you you are beautiful and mean it, over and over again.“You are beautiful.”
When you first wake up, “you are beautiful.”
When you’ve just been crying, “you are beautiful.”
When you don’t want to hear it, “you are beautiful.”
When you don’t believe it, “you are beautiful.”
When nobody else will tell you, “you are beautiful.”
Love still thinks you are beautiful.
But love is not perfect and will sometimes forget,
when you need to hear it most, you are beautiful, do not forget this.
Sikat na sikat na ang video na ito bago ko pa napanood. Ngayon, gusto ko lang siyang ulit-ulitin. Panoorin ang buong tula rito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBj6BUkrObg
4. Remember how we forgot? by Shane Koyczan
Live and remember
Burn like an ember capable of starting fires
Like each moment inspires the next
Like memories are the context we put ourselves in
So that life becomes the next of kin we need to notify in case of a big bang or extinction level event
Let now be our advent
Let us live like we meant it
Let us burn like we mean it
Because this world doesn’t give a shit if we end in a train wreck or a car crash
If our story ends with a dot or dash
If we were dust or ash
Because all we were is all we’ll be
And all we are is the in-between of so far, so good
So forget every would, could, or should not
Forget remembering how we forgot
Halos lahat yata ng akda ni Koyczan pabotito ko. Available lahat sa youtube, hanapin nyo. Heto ang isa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyGkM8Qe740
5. I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate by Suli Breaks
So this one is for my generation,
the ones who found what they were looking for on Google,
the ones who followed their dreams on Twitter,
Pictured their future on Instagram, accepted destiny on Facebook.
This one’s for my “failures” and “dropouts”, for my unemployed graduates, my shop assistants, cleaners and cashiers with bigger dreams,
My self-employed entrepreneurs, my world-changers and my dream-chasers!
Cause the purpose of “Why I hate school, but love education” was not to initiate a worldwide debate,
But to let them know that whether 72 or 88, 44 or 68,
We will not let exam results decide our fate
Ito ang pinakabago kong paborito. Napaisip lang ako, ano kayang impact niya kung hindi itim ang nagdeliver? Judge the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-eVF_G_p-Y