Pan De Sal

The Charge of the Pandesal Brigade

 

Dregs of society

Scum of the earth

Themselves they know this

Let no outsider say this!

 

Out to prove something

That they can also ask for something

People is what they are

Let people say so.

 

Pandesal for c-rations

With coco jam, or margarine-sugar,

or the sardine luxury

or tasteless boiled egg.

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Sticks for swords

Rocks for missiles

Against tear gas and truncheons

Rubber bullets and real bullets.

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Leaderless overall

But leaders born

Whoever dares to go forward

Leads the mass onward.

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Shorn of El Shaddai

Betrayed by INC

Denied by leftist champions

Beset by hunger

Buffeted by taunts

Cries of anger

Pleas for recognition

And then back to the barricades.

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The charge goes once

And then twice

Thrice, four times

Each time the barricades go down

And with them goes

The science of crowd control

And the image of the

Philippine Crowd Dispersal Units.

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There will be no honors

 

No medals, not even praises

Only whispered tributes

From newly discovered bonds

With the silent glow of pride

That theirs was a magnificent charge

So magnificent that nobody else

                                                                                       Dares own it, nor disown them

                                                                                                         No more.

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“When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honor the charge they made,

Honor the Pandesal Brigade,

Noble Pandesal Brigade.”

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