Unsung Hero

“O masters, lords and rulers in all lands,
How will the future reckon with this Man?
How answer his brute question in that hour
When whirlwinds of rebellion shake all shores?”

– fr. The Man with a Hoe, Edwin Markham

(National Heroes Day: Who still cares?)

let no one demean
the street patrolman
on night shift.

this underpaid man
in uniform braves
danger and insomnia


his Chief wallows
in arcane wealth
(entrenched in the
safety and comfort
of his mansion);

though both of them

had sworn the same oath
under the same flag!

– between
rank and perk
is rancor.

(c) 2001 Chito L. Aguilar


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