Small Town

By Reuben R. Canoy and Claro R. Ceniza

THE MAYOR

The Mayor struts
Like a rooster.
He smiles at every one
But never at his wife.

THE BARBER

The barber is sad.
He cannot cut
His own hair.

THE COUNCILOR

The Councilor
Is a man of the people:
He eats binakbao

THE COCHERO AND THE JEEPNEY DRIVER

The Cochero and the Jeepney Driver
Are not on speeding terms

THE JUDGE

The Judge is an honest man
Among dishonest men.
Whenever he takes a rig to the courthouse,
He pays.

THE BEGGAR

The Beggar knows that
Money is the root of all evil.
So he takes it away from others.

THE SWEETHEARTS

The Sweethearts think
Of getting married.
Their parents say
They cannot live on love.
So they are going
To live with their parents.

THE CONVICT

The Convict is a believer
In Democracy.
He believes in freedom.

THE NURSE

The Nurse has healing hands.
Whatever she touches, lives

THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT

The Doctor’s manners are bedside.
While the Patient is on the deadside.

THE EDITOR

The Editor is worried,
His headline is receding.
Soon he will have
More face to lose.

THE IDIOT

The Idiot is a good man.
He makes others feel
They are wise.

THE MATRON

The Matron is morality personified.
The Young People think
She is morality petrified

THE BOOTBLACK

The Bootblack will someday
Become a president
Then he will really shine.

THE POETS

The Poets are not found
In the Small Town
They are found
In Mandaluyong.