The Dreams Under the Dark Specter, The Reality Over the Light

Is a hero someone who thinks of others first?
Is a hero someone who facade the battlefield?
Is a hero someone who defends the innocent who can’t defend themselves?
Is a hero someone who faces dangers in times of peril despite all the odds?
Is a hero someone who goes against all odds to make the world a better place?
Does a hero need to be arcane?

A hero is someone who is hopeful in times when seen as all hope is gone.
A hero is someone who fights all kind of injustice but also who is merciful.
A hero is someone who is compassionate to others needs and difficulties.
A hero is someone who is loyal to struggle injustice.
A hero is someone who is sincere in what they are doing but with wisdom.
A hero is someone who do everything for his country.

His pen, his writings, his works,
He used these as weapons against the dark specter of unkindness.
He wrote about darkness because he wanted to show the light.
Filipinos then still backward, ignorant, un-free,
He made use of his novels Noli and El Fili,
To wake up the impure minds and nationality.

He is the mirror of the past and we see ourselves, our defects, our callousness,
Yet, the mirror was not meant to reveal our image of meanness
Filipinos readily respond to his earnest desire for basic changes in the society, themselves
His dream for the land, is a dream of the natives.
He built a new nation through national unity,
Concord everyone throughout his works and writings.

He didn’t die because of indulgence.
He didn’t die because he fought for.
He didn’t die because of revolutionary.
He died because of his love to his country.
Attesting his pen as a tool for freedom,
Exploit his novels, an instrument to liberty

As Filipinos ponder the love that they saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise
His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
It's true, a few others provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept Filipinos upright.

He’s a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length; a strength that dreads the insurgence.
He is the courage of opposition; chief of equality.
He’s the head of freedom; a state of liberty.
His virtues are righteous, through a nation’s democracy.
He is the start of regeneration; a worth of dignity.

His dream for his country; be free from dark specter of cruelty,
Can be attain through dedicated, hard working, responsible community,
Be a citizen with social conscience; consider your obligation a responsibility,
Realize Rizal’s dream, appreciate his greatness, and recognize the great value of ideals,
Fulfill Rizal’s dream; regenerate our own thoughts and our ways,
Make the dream a reality, free the light from a darker cruelty.

O light, show your radiance and make your youth brighter than the sun,
Escape them from darkness; make them a hero for themselves.
Glow, O light and beam your natives from gloom and shade,
Don’t fade your love, make your ray a symbol of patriotism.
Spark your vivacity, O light to your people,
Let them grow, let them glow, let them fight against shadows.

Rizal, your ideals are not archaic.
Your death will not be forgotten and vanished in the air.
Your works will shine up and be beard in the sun.
Your writings will wake up a latent mind.
Your pen will mark us a victory over evil.
Your dreams, aspirations are the dreams of our nation.

Paul Michael Jaramillo, BSA 1-A
Originally Made for Rizal Course
May 17, 2011

QUESTIONS:
1. What is the symbol of the light in the poem? the dark?
2. What is/are Rizal's dream for his country? Can we make it into a reality?
3. Are the demands of Rizal still applicable in our generation?
4. Do you consider Rizal a National Hero? Why? Why not?



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