Metro-Manila’s Flood Without A Name

spare us from another Ondoy we prayed,

public officials tweeted we’re now prepared,

our disaster and risk assets firmly dispersed,

and then pagasa’s red warning confirmed.

for nine days you came, you without a name,

millimeter by millimeter, you flooded us the same,

from street to street, you flooded us to shame,

we never did learn, monsoon rain is not a political game,

coded or nameless rain, rampaging flood waters all the same.

no Ondoy II or III to blame, no other name to claim,

this time, this surging flood, carries our name,

this time, this unceasing rain, thunders our name,

each of us who lives in this vast metropolitan cemented plain,

we all didn’t listen when the rain and flood came with a name,

we all now share the name of this flood without a name.

Further Reading:

A Deluge With No Name (

Metro-Manila Flood Without A Name (

Taking Action Now (


~ by Martin Gaerlan on August 7, 2012.

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