Yet another poem. This time a collage of cultures.
I once had a class on Business Culture and Protocol and one term I held dearly to this day is cultural sensitivity. How many times do we feel disparity in encounters? Western and Eastern cultures differ greatly in language contexts, the latter more high-context and richer in non-verbal communication, while the former, more direct with meanings.
Somehow, in between the speaker and the listener is a bridge that not just connects, but ultimately unites the two parties towards mutual understanding. Filipinos' encounter with the Other can bring many scenarios that end in this chorus of intentions that ultimately, despite differences, bridges.
Splattered Beef Jerky, Eggs. Hashbrowns, FriesI remember a Mexican missionary friend of mine who could not express himself well in English that I had to resort with my halting Spanish just to be able to communicate even the most trivial of things. Somehow we bonded. I remember his story about being stationed in Guatemala once, and his first hand experience with rebels. We spoke two different language, I, in halting Spanish, and him, in broken English. Somehow, it amazes me how got by through and through.
There are moments I had to articulate to him things about being Filipino, for instance, but I couldn't do so since Spanish can only capture so much. Language is like that, it can only encapsulate just enough. Still, we were able to share an Adobo and talk about shared interests. This goes the same way with my American friends, although in a lesser extreme, not just because we speak the same language but since being Filipino carries a certain western hint that makes the encounter in popular culture an easy one.
Some people though, are not patient enough to bridge that gap. This poem here, is about that difference:
Do not take me to be me,
I am many more than me.
Dressing Yet Unbathe, what
a disturbing thought t
o my people.
You find Breakfast
The corner of your eye
I drive like crazy
and can weave within
two inches of you.
Splattered Beef Jerky, Eggs.
Hashbrowns, Fries on
my Can -va
s. Sugary Spaghetti
Juicy Hamburgers Are.
Cigarettes, I smoke, Smoke
alot. How cheap they are.
Brushed: NasDAq amazes Me.
Techsupport Outsourced - Fibrous,
Fingers, Talk, Drops.
Yes, We all Fart.
Collage #1946, Photoshop. Jardine Davies
posted by Jdavies @ 2/19/2005,
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