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One more chance…

Ninfa Leonardia

Somehow I think it is obvious that U.S. President Donald Trump must not have been fond of Robert Frost, the famous poet who wrote in such a delicate and matter of fact style that his works just stick to your mind. But then I got familiar with Frost while taking up my major subjects in college, and I doubt if Trump, with his business-focused mind, had time for such lovely and sometimes whimsical lines as those that came from Robert Frost. But he certainly reminds me of Frost sometimes.

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For one there is Frost’s “Mending Wall” that tells about his experience as a boy with an old neighbor who seemed so crochety that he would set out every springtime to mend and set up again the wall that separates their properties. The boy often wonders why they need to build the wall, because they grow different crops and they have no cows to keep out. But the old man, taciturn as ever, would only utter one line, when the boy would ask why they had to mend the wall between them, and that was: “Good fences make good neighbors”.

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Me, I remembered Robert Frost and this poem as soon as Trump began perorating about the need for a wall between hi country and Mexico. Of course we know what he wants is to keep out migrants, a lot of them illegal ones, who just sneak in through the border of the two countries. And what seems unreasonable is that he is said to be insisting that the Mexicans themselves pay for the wall! How many miles long, and how high would it be? And is Mexico listening to him? Maybe they will just quote the first line of “Mending Wall” to him, that runs “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…” And they are those who don’t love Trump.

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Well, that was my passing fancy for this day, one of those times when I remember my very inspiring Literature teacher in college who really honed in us a deep understanding and love for poems. It got so that some of my classmates and I got to memorizing them almost instantly, because of how Miss Lolita Arcinas, a Bulakeña, developed in us the appreciation for the cadence of poetic lines, and even the beauty of free verse. How I wish to have the inspiration that Frost had been gifted with. But alas, all I could manage were naughty or silly jingles that the adviser of the student paper was happy enough to publish. Someday, when I’m in a similar mood, I might publish one of them here! Let the reader beware!

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Well, well. They say there is a strong anti-West sentiment in Russia now, so if you are Asians, like us, and you have been dreaming of visiting that exotic and puzzling country, do it now. They will probably welcome you and treat you better than Americans or Britishers, or even those not-so-white, but live in the Western part of the world. Those “Big Ones” have now become so distrustful of each other that they are always talking about spies and underhanded tactics. But we Easterners must seem more trusting and gullible, and naturally awed and admiring of their progress, so we are welcome. But don’t look at me, I’ve been there, done that already. But that was years ago when people were more trusting and welcoming.

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Meanwhile, where is the former (?) Justice Secretary now? Wasn’t he at first believed to be one of the fair-haired boys of President Digong, and among his first appointees? Didn’t take too long for the crack to come, didn’t it? I understand the straw that broke the camel’s back was the dismissal of the cases against three big suspects in the drug scene. They say more heads may roll soon, but I am sure the rest who are still standing are extra careful now. That is, despite the talk, that there are others on the “out list”.

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The big fish that got caught while playing for big stakes in a casino turned out to be an Administrative Officer of PNP Directorate for Operations. It seemed he was not prudent enough while doing something taboo for him, because he got involved in a scuffle where it was discovered that he was a high-ranking cop. But it was found out that the officer was not a newbie and had been in the vice, or addiction, shortly after graduating from the Police Academy. And he had been losing and owing money, and had sold all his belongings to feed his vice. So his is not merely a “pastime” it’s an addiction called “ludomania” already. Poor guy, not only will he lose his job, he may also get jailed for it.

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So President Digong has changed his mind and will chat once more with the “terrorists”. I hope one of the terms to be agreed on, if any, is whether or not the “term” will be removed. Anyway, there’s nothing bad in giving peace a chance. Let them also adopt the old love song titled “One More Chance”. Remember that?*

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