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I have the Right to Live!

Instead of delivering a prose poetry about my experience of being bullied by a professional, while I was in elementary, I am delivering a newly composed song, I have the Right to Live!, at the Human Experience Meet Up at The Beat Coffee House in downtown Las Vegas tonight @7pm.

Here it is, guys!


1)  Look at me; I’m different as you are!

     Look at me; I’m human as you are!

     You might not like me for a friend;

     You might laugh and scoff in the end,

     But look I’m human as you are

     Who has the right to learn and live!


     I have the right to live…

     Enjoy the life just as you do!

     I have the right to live…

     And learn all stuff that there’s to know.

     But world’s so indifferent

     Has eyes for differences.

     Won’t stop ’til you’re torn apart

     So where’s my right to learn and live?

2)  Hear me, please!  I want to live not die!

      Hear me now and understand it why!

      I did not choose to be this way;

      I like to live life everyday;

      But if you bully me around

      It seems I’m six-feet to the ground!

3)  Bullying is hurting us inside!

     Bullying will haunt you in the end!

     We have the right to live in peace;

     Please be a part for peace to reign!

     Let’s make this world a better place

     Enjoy the life that God has giv’n.

     (copyright: Ed Industan, February 2014)

I hope the message of this song will open the hearts and minds of people, who think bullying is fun!





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Confusing Bond: An Encapsulation of this Blog Site

The poem, Confusing Bond, says it all!  This new blog will deal with confusion, as we relate with one another, cross-culturally.  Hopefully, by writing a regular blog on the theme, I, a Filipino resident of Pasadena, California for 18 years, with a post-grad degree in sociology and an internationally published social and ethnological researcher, author, writer, and poet, can contribute a little something to shed some understanding on social and cultural issues that we face today.

Nevertheless, like communication, talking about cross-cultural or intercultural issues is a two-way street.  So, join me here by giving me feedbacks, or better still, share with me some confusions which you are experiencing, while relating to somebody whose culture is different from yours. That said, I, welcome you to my blog!

108)  CONFUSING BOND  by Edmund Melig Industan (c)

You are White

Acting like Asian

Am just wondering

Pretending to be one

Am I to judge?

Creating a grudge

Between you and me

Hurting our camaraderie?

Sometime I’m confuse

Difficulty to deduce

Your action is extreme

I don’t understand.

Shall I respond?

…As White or Asian?

Don’t want to expand

…Confusion so grand.

I’ll stay quiet

Observe and relate

Day-to-day basis

…Nurturing our friendship.

Possibly you’re accommodating

The way I’m acting

…To develop a bond.

Is understanding so grand?

(Note:  The poem is a Parallelismus Membrorum, a poetry form originating from the Hebrew, usually has lines with 3 or 4 words and with parallel construction of an antithesis and complimentary extensions.)

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