Odd Man Out, Odd Beat Out: A Collection of Poems
A devoted and loving husband, an exemplary father to two sons and a daughter and a doting grandfather to three granddaughters and a grandson, Bienvenido identified his timeline in these segments: formative years, marching years and technical years. His formative years in the Philippines were difficult. Having a widowed working mother, Bien practically raised himself. He won a coveted place at the Philippine Military Academy, thus began his marching years. However, two years before graduation, he left the Academy and joined the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. This was the start of his technical years. He became one of the top officers of the Agency His technical years continued when Bien migrated to the United States in 1975 to join his family. Working for the Camden City Board of Education in New Jersey, Bien joined its union, the Camden Education Association,CEA. He became the first Asian- American, non-certified teacher to be president of the CEA. He was instrumental in negotiating one of the best contracts in the history of the CEA and was best known for membership advocacy and saving jobs. Bien developed a formula for salary guides for different employment groups. He was also a tireless consultant for the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Poetry was Bien’s escape - “the language of my soul”. While he wrote most of his poems at the Academy, he continued to write during his early technical years.
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Andthe auto-suggestion bawa’t bekicked bewitched Bien Bien’s birthdays blasphemies blind Bone breast breath bulag tayong buried caress choose the inception Confessions Convulsive thoughts crawl these soulless cruel infinity daigdig daloy Danga’t dead decaying flesh dibdib dilag Ears pierced ecstasy each piercing everypassing feel Filipino forever gasping Gayong Goddess heart Hungkag Iam a song ink with blood Iwanther Iwouldhaveyou remember kapwa karimlan katotohanan kaya kung laugh life’s loveliness Lucena City Ma’am madness Mahalna maim measure the soaring mercy to stretch mood naman nang ngiti night Norma numbers nymph Odd Beat Pagka’t Parang peace Pestelos pisngi plaints poems pore pusong QPHS quiver rage romantic love rose run your streets sa pisngi ng salat Salaysay silken simmering soul smile soaring bars soft andmurmuring soul sphinx stains clot stolid fools sugat Sumpong tears Toget toyour eyes truth twenty and odd ulol Unknowingly voice Wakas walk warmth whisper woes wonder wound