by Arlene and Chato Alonsagay
The four houses of QueSci:
All equally gifted, as their names imply
Darwin, Curie, Edison and Einstein
Each has a unique character by which they are defined
In the House of Darwin the brave do dwell.
Their daring and nerve is too much even for hell.
And spoke in a foreign tongue,
Ananab Namow, Amat, Nisnapapap, Konam,
In others faces these words they flung
They called it Salitang Darwin and the SD Dialect began
But listen closely, Tagalog rin naman.
Pronounced in reverse the meanings are the same,
This way they can gossip and later disclaim.
In the face of danger such as exams
With hand signals known only to con-men
They whizzed through quiz all items 10.
A scratch on the head for –A
A scratch on the ear for – B
A scratch on the nose for –C
Too bad if the test is essay only.
On one unfortunate day in Social Studies,
A surprise quiz was cast upon
The room was filled with creepy silence;
You can here the movements of photon
Suddenly a brave whisper breaks the quiet…
“Chagayyy….answer sa number 5” it tried to ask in private
Sadly the whole class heard and exploded in laughter
Prompting Mrs. Endozo to say “linawin mo kasi…” in answer
And Research Class provided the opportunity
Spearheaded by the group of Marlon and Kenneth,
The Solar-Powered Air-Conditioning Unit was presented
They kept it in a black box quite proudly,
but the case looked suspiciously
Like the suggestion box at the lobby
by Liza, Irma, Arnold, Doods and Chagay
A lot of shrooms they had to try; a curious variety though
Made one see colored unicorns and sounds seemed to echo
But one legendary vision that only a magic mushroom can conjure
Was of Ms. Gollena’s face, filled with fury ready to rupture
So furious with the class she was, her hands in the air poised to strike
"Kung may kidlat lang ako, kikidlatan ko kayo!"
She roared, very Thor-like
At that very moment there was a roll of thunder,
Perfect comedic timing but no one dared to utter
True to their name’s legacy
In contribution to the Theory of Evolution
They found the Missing Link
Though the face takes you back to Cro-Magnon
This person is smarter than you think
Loyal soldiers were the
Remember CAT, where discipline was priority?
When in attention, blinking was punishable by death
Such was the impression of Ruby, a true model cadette
Even when vertigo struck her she didn’t falter at all
With all the dignity she could muster, she muttered
“Sir, requesting permission....to fall!"
Roco is a good, mature and gentle person.
And though he had every reason,
he was not the sort who tried to get even.
Once while he was walking along the covered catwalk,
He was heckled relentlessly by the class jock,
Though it would’ve been nice to hit the jock in the head
He kicked the post instead.
But that day for him was just too tough
For when he kicked the post, the heel of his shoe fell off
Ebon-ni…An-to-nee! A catchy tune that gets stuck in your brain
Leaves an impression like Anthony,
who would not be caught looking plain
Like the vision that he seared in everyone’s mind
When he went to the prom in a costume he designed
Looking like a Grecian god, with sexy strap sandals to match
He was indisputably the goddess of the batch
Even when the impending days of exam started to loom
They found ways to chill; oblivious of their doom
Instigated by Lhet, all notebooks were to be closed
The lazy majority outnumbered
the studious minority who opposed
They would break into a song as Edna strummed her guitar
They even played basketball, while other houses studied from afar
Alas! The class successfully did graduate
They left the House of Darwin to live their lives in separate
And after twenty-five years the
No longer girls and boys, but accomplished men and women
(To be continued...)