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You Can Choose Your Afterlife by: Mario Eric Gamalinda


56 yrs. Old

Oct. 14, 1956

Quezon City/ Manila

School: UST and UP

New York City, New York, USA.

Poet, essayist
Fire Poem/Rain Poem (1976)
Lyrics From A Dead Language (1991)
Zero Gravity (1999) –Asian American Literary Award
Peripheral Vision (1992)
Planet Waves (1989) –National Book Award
Confessions of a Volcano (1990)
The Empire of Memory (1992)
My Sad Republic (1998) –Centennial Literary Prize
Anatomy of a Passionate Derangement (One-act play, 1980) -1st prize, Gawad Palanca Award
Ara Vos Prec (1985) –Gawad Palanca Award
Patria Y Muerte (1988) –Gawad Palanca Award
Mourning and Weeping in this Valley of Tears (1988) –Gawad Palanca Award
The Unbreakable Lightness of EDSA (1990) –Gawad Palanca Award
Muerte del Anghel (1992) –Free Press Literary Awards works and their respective awards Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Programme for the 21st century. local fellow for poetry of the UP ICW in 1983.
attended the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland, 1991
Rockefeller Foundation resident in Bellagio, Italy.
.. was a local fellow for poetry of the UP ICW in 1983.
.. went to Great Britain to represent the Philippines in the Cambridge International Writers’ Conference in 1990.
.. attended the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland, 1991.
.. got a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy.
.. participated in the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Programme for the 21st century. represented the Philippines in the Cambridge International Writers’ Conference in Great Britain(1990).


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Eric Gamalinda according to the strange customs
of the T'boli
who believe we are not judged

by good or evil
but by the kind of death
we meet: to die by the sword

is to enter the kingdom
where everything
even the sound of water

is red They welcome you there
with the tintinnabulation
of copper bells

and the lamentation
of bamboo violins
and all night long

a wounded sun hovers
over your place of business
And those who drown

return to the navel of the sea
(that's what they call it)
where they become subjects

of Fon Muhin, god
of all creatures
who breathe water And those

who die of sickness
go to Mogul
where they receive everything

they've always desired
but are not free of suffering
And those who kill themselves

go to a place exactly like earth
but where everything sways
even in sleep

Arne you didn't tell us
why you wanted
to go

we can only imagine you
in a world where
you can't keep a cup

of coffee still
and people keep changing
the rules for soccer

because the ball
keeps rolling away
You won't miss us

everything moves in the same
direction You were always
one step ahead T’boli:

an indigenous group found within the South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat areas in Mindanao.
the ringing or sounding of bells T’boli:

an indigenous group found within the South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat areas in Mindanao. the ringing or sounding of bells T’boli:

an indigenous group found within the South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat areas in Mindanao. the ringing or sounding of bells Auditory/Onomatopoeia:
They welcome you there with the tintinnabulation of copper bells…
Apostrophe:
Arne, You didn’t tell us why you wanted to go.
Personification:
and the lamentation of bamboo violins and all night long a wounded sun hovers over your place of business Free verse – no rhyme in poem
“We”-Narration
Discussion

The author cited T’boli beliefs about death – saying that “…we are not judged by good or evil but by the kind of death we meet….”

If you die by sword, your soul will be celebrated (“…welcome you there with the tintinnabulation of copper bells…”) in a bloodthirsty kingdom (“…where everything even the sound of water is red…)

To die by the sword also entails the people you left behind to mourn for your tragic death (“…lamentation of bamboo violins and all night long a wounded sun hovers over your place of business….”)
The author cited T’boli beliefs about death – saying that “…we are not judged by good or evil but by the kind of death we meet….”

If you die by sword, your soul will be celebrated (“…welcome you there with the tintinnabulation of copper bells…”) in a bloodthirsty kingdom (“…where everything even the sound of water is red…)
Discussion At the end of the poem, Gamalinda mentions that death is inevitable.
But really, the Bottom Line is… the title itself,
"You can choose your afterlife." The author wants to imply that human beings are given so much free will, so much power. If we could choose our afterlife…
Sources:
http://panitikan.com.ph/authors/g/egamalinda.htm
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tintinnabulation?show=0&t=1295449223
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_device
http://nothingmorethanapoet.blogspot.com/2007/12/you-can-choose-your-afterlife.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/C003235/tboli.html

If you die due to sickness, you will get what you wish for, which is to be free from pain (“…receive everything they’ve ever desired….”); however, they will sorely miss the people they have left below (“…are not free from suffering).
For people who commit suicide, their souls will never truly leave earth because they still have unresolved problems. Plus, they’ll always nervously wonder what the people they left behind think of them for committing suicide (...we can only imagine you in a world where you can’t keep a cup of coffee still because the ball keeps rolling away….”)
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