The Chapel in the Barrio
trans by Fe S. Estanislao
(Ang Ermita sa Baryo)
by Magdalena Jalandoni
Humble and serene beyond compare
Its door facing the sea
Nipa and cogon thatched and bamboo
Painted by the mellow of dawn
.Standing there by the mountainside
Its door wide open, spacious and
And hitched on a branch of dapdap
Loosely are its rusty bells.
Inside the sacred image of Christ
Whose sorrowful face induces man to
There on His ancient altar He invites
The visitation of adoring birds.