Today is the launch of Imago’s third (?) album at Mugen. Man, I should be there. But hell, what to do, what to do. Lyrics are enough as of the moment. Here goes: “Permiso sa isang araw na makasama ka. Abiso ng pusong bulag na humahanga. Tama bang aminin na nating may taning tong pag-ibig natin, dakila man walang kasaysayang kakapit sa bulag na pag-ibig.”

I remember Pyramus and Thisbe, also featured in a burlesque manner in Shakepeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They fell in love, even if their parents forbade romance to blossom. Their houses were separated by a wall. Thankfully, the wall had a chink which allowed the exchange of messages of love and desire between Pyramus and Thisbe:  “Cruel wall,” they said, “why do you keep two lovers apart? But we will not be ungrateful. We owe you, we confess, the privilege of transmitting loving words to willing ears.”   They agreed to meet at the Tomb of Ninus, under the white mulberry tree, to elope. Thisbe just had to meet a ferocious lion for her to drop her veil. The lion played with the veil, soiling it with blood from the lion’s previous kill. Pyramus saw the veil, thought that Thisbe was dead, and stabbed himself in grief. Thisbe saw her dead lover, and killed herself. Death to them. Love is such a tyrant. Also lions.

 “Tama bang aminin na nating may taning tong pag-ibig natin….”


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