Rise them up

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People help to rescue flood victims in Lanao del Norte. (Photo credit: Reuters)

let us together rise them up.
arise, you, children of Urduja
as the life force gives breath –
the energy that binds.

let not the strong winds
and raging waters topple down
the colorful but strong Vinta,
that, be our refuge of turning
grief to hopes and tight embraces.

hold on to our dreams, our aspirations,
through unselfish Bayanihan and sail on
to calm waters of lasting climate justice.

this battle is ain’t yet over-
these losses and damages
accountability we seek must.