Huwebes, Oktubre 11, 2012

The Author

Tita Lacambra-Ayala 
is an acclaimed writer, poet and painter. Born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Tita studied at the University of the Philippines, and after a fruitful stint as freelance writer for various major magazines and as  press officer of the UP Los BaƱos College of Agriculture Extension Office, she eventually settled in Mindanao with her husband painter Jose V. Ayala, Jr. (deceased). She has published four books of poems: Sunflower Poems (Filipino Signatures, Manila, 1960), Orginary Poems (Erehwon Publishing, Manila, 1969), Adventures of a Professional Amateur (prose) (UP Press, 1999), and Friends and Camels in a Time of Olives (UP Press, 1999.) She co-edited the visual and literary arts journal Davao Harvest with Alfredo Salanga, Gimba Magazine, and Etno-Culture. She produced and edited the 30-year-old Road Map Series, a folio of Mindanao artistic works and literary writings. She won the Palanca in the English Short Story Category “Everything” (Third Prize, 1967), and for Poetry in English “A Filigree of Seasons” (Second Prize). She also garnered the following awards and citations: Gawad Balagtas Awardee for Poetry in English (1991), Manila Critics Circle Special Citation for Road Map Series (1989), Philippine Free Press Awardee for Short Story (1970, Third Prize), Focus Philippines Poetry Awardee, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas UMPIL Achievement Award (1991), and National Fellow for Poetry, UP Creative Writing Center (1994-95). Lacambra-Ayala is a founding member of the Davao Writers Guild, and is the mother of famous songwriter-musicians Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander and poet Fernando (Pido) Ayala.

The Poem

By Tita Lacambra-Ayala
Excuse the cactus
thirsting on the sill
excuse it's quills
stuck out :
they're only an attempt
at self-defense.

See how it bleeds
to fossils the old sand
itself looking to be such
a fussy fossil.

Not quite futile.

It should require
some sort of guile
some genius
to subsist on suns
ome lake of sand
(have both for free!)
and come out looking
freshly green,
(juicy even)

as if in spite of
as if in fun.

Reaction About the Topic

The poem "Cactus" by Tita Lacambra Ayala describes her feelings towards the cactus.  She did not use much of the figurative languages to describe her feelings but she successfully expressed her outlook towards the "cactus".