Ang Malayang Di Tula (At ang Tulang Di Malaya)

Ang malayang di tula ay may sukat at tugma

Kung nais na tumula nang di naman makata;

Ang tawaging makata ay paglisan ng mukha,

Pagiging bilanggo na ng piitang pagtula.

Gaano man kalaya at maging dalubhasa

Sa wika, metapora, istilo’t talinghaga,

Di malaya malaya man o hindi malaya

Ang tawag sa ang tawag ay mga nililikha.

Ang tulang di malaya ay may tugma at sukat

At walang tugma’t sukat, kahit parang napadpad

Na taludturan, kahit malay na umaagas,

Kahit maghalu-halo, baguhin man ang lahat,

Ang tula’y di malaya pag ito na’y tinawag

Na tula, pagkat ito na ang nagiging hudyat

Sa pagsulpot ng mga ungas na magmamatyag

Na sa kahatulan at galaw mo’y tagaupat.

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Fermin S. Salvador is a poet sometimes. He has a degree in BSE major in Communication Arts in English and Filipino from PLM and LLB from Lyceum of the Philippines. He also took up (but yet to make a thesis in) Master of Arts in Teaching in Emilio Aguinaldo College.

He has published about a thousand short stories in komiks form and several romance pocketbooks. He had stint writing daily tabloid newspaper column "Serbisyo". About a hundred of his prose stories appeared in several magazines.

Fermin is proud to be a licensed teacher but prouder for having served the Philippine government as an active duty commissioned officer with the rank of captain in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). For his services in upholding the country's criminal justice system particularly in the realization of a BJMP Paralegal Program that provides assistance to prisoners he was awarded as the nationwide Junior Officer of the Year in 2003. He was first placer in the first Penology Officer Exam given in the Philippines and commended by the DILG for this feat.

Fermin was trained as a journalist in the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and was a MOWELFUND scholar in Film Editing. Now a permanent US resident, he is working for the state government of Illinois as a QMRP (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional) coordinating various policies and actions related to treatment and care of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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