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A Eulogy of Roaches


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A Eulogy of Roaches

  1. 1. BIENVENIDO LUMBERA • Born on April 11, 1932 • From Lipa City, Batangas • Studied at University of Sto. Tomas and received PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Indiana • He was imprisoned in January 1974 under Martial Law and was released in December at the same year
  2. 2. YOU’VE PROBABLY HAVEN’T HEARD OF THEM! • Cockroaches can eat just about anything, and can survive without food for long periods of time. • Cockroaches have walked the earth for hundreds of millions of years. • Cockroaches get their vitamins from bacteria that live in their bodies. • Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads. • Cockroaches can survive high levels of radiation exposure.
  3. 3. A EULOGY OF ROACHES Blessed are the cockroaches. In this country they are the citizens who last. They need no police to promulgate their peace because they tolerate each other's smell or greed.
  4. 4. Friends to dark and filth, they do not choose their meat. Although they neither sow nor reap, a daily feast is laid for them in rooms and kitchens of their pick.
  5. 5. The roaches do not spin, and neither do they weave. But note the russet coat the sluggards wear: clothed at birth, roaches require no roachy charity.
  6. 6. They settle where they wish and have no rent to pay. Eviction is a word quite meaningless to them who do not have to own their dingy crack of wall.
  7. 7. Not knowing dearth or taxes, they increase and multiply. Survival is assured even the jobless roach; his opportunities pile up where garbage grows.
  8. 8. Dying is brief and cheap and thus cannot affright. A whiff of toxic mist, an agile heel, a stick -- the swift descent of pain is also final death.
  9. 9. Their annals may be short, but when the simple poor have starved to simple death, roaches still circulate in cupboards of the rich, the strong, the wise, the dead.