Clemencio Montecillo Bascar was a former Professor and Vice President for Corporate Affairs of the Western Mindanao State University. He is a recepient of various local, regional, and national awards in songwriting, playwriting, poetry, and public service. Several of his poems had been published in international literary magazines and journals such as, Foliate Oak , BRICKrhetoric, About Place, Torrid Literature, Mused-theBellaOnline Lietrary Review, and The Voices Project. He had written and published by the Western Mindanao State University two books of poetry, namely; "Fragments of the Eucharist" and "Riots of Convictions." In the Philippines, some of his poems appeared in the such magazines as Women's, MOD, and Chick.
At present, he writes a column in the Zamboanga Today daily newspaper and resides at 659 Gemini Street, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, Philippines. He is married to the former Miss Melinda Climaco dela Cruz and blest with three children, Jane, Lynnette, and Timothy James.
a TEAR from the CRAdle
In this solitary side of twilight TO MY DISMAY i discover a tiny bead of tear
trapped in the SADDEST corner
of my EYE;
i swear, THIS WASN'T THERE IN THE carefree years of my BOYhood nor in the exciting days of my YOUth; there isn't any reason for it to exist for it has never been a part of the crowdeD cubicle of LIFE; but obviously, the world rejoices
TO SEE ME IN CONSTANT
in shame; people of my own fellowship and bloodline want me ripped apart by forces common to our heritage; now they are even invading the last frontier of my privacy, MY IMAGINATION
which is my sacred refuge fROM THE WICKEDNESS
of today's EMbrace.
as i intentently stare at the MIRROR, not a visible trace of tear is left clinging to my conscience
I REALIZE now
that i have always been crying tearlessly from the moment
i first opened my EYES.