Alexander Martin Remollino
For Carlos Bulosan
Your courage does not lie in a one-time sigh of disappointment
at a seductive dream that turned out to be a nightmare.
Your life was a lifetime and a hundred of rage
against man's inhumanity to man.
From that fateful encounter with moneyed boors
at that market in your native Pangasinan
to your last days in America
(when you were too weak to even punch the typewriter's keys),
you were fighting for a truly human society.
It is not those one-hit wonders who can fully honor you.
It was not a one-shot deal for you
but a struggle lasting beyond a lifetime.