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More poems in refracted light

  As a child I was taught never To curse the rain, no matter the floods Or the roof blown off due to howling Wind, indeed never mind...

Red

Everyone says that Red is the color Of love and passion Which adds meaning to lovers’ days and inflames their hungry nights Yet some of us forget That red is blood Personifying...

Garden

  to Bea Yap Martinez   Banished from a house in havoc, a broken vase, a curtain on fire,   I tiptoe here to hide, a child enisled in a labyrinth of green,   crouching...

Ang pag-iibigan

Akala ko, ang pag-iibigan Ay pag-uusap lamang At malagkit na tititigan. Akala ko, ang pag-iibigan Ay paghahawakan lamang ng kamay. Akala ko ang pag-iibigan Ay puro saya’t wala nang lumbay. Akala...

Dahil ba

Dahil ba ako'y bata Ikaw ay walang awa? Kung manlaban mahina, Murang-mura ang diwa.   Dahil ba di mo kaya Yaong mas matatanda, Sa akin ibalandra Ang 'di magawa-gawa.   Dahil nga ako'y bata, Naiisip...

Old letters

Did we not, as children, let the seasons pour from our bosoms- artlessly, as buds bringing to light. Colors   I painted words in pristine tonality. The subject watered by...

Geography of our Melancholies

For Mariko   This inconsolable distance Between our lips Separated by unfamiliar cities And impassable seas; This insatiable wonder for the unknown That grows every day in morbid anticipation Of the smell...

(free) will

The universe has no idea how powerful its inhabitants are. With will given, they are free to live on their own. What privilege has this earth...

Blink Twice to Mean Yes

It’s not language nor the attempt at a joke: it’s lack of understanding that dooms the animal crossing the road. Still, the same oblivion awaits it inside the...

To my bereaved beloved

I want my body to be cremated. Weigh my ashes as against my flesh. The difference would be of my soul’s.   Much of my leaving soul is...

Coming home

walking along a familiar road while seeing a new and different world your home calls you a stranger homesick to what he knows and holds while seeing a...

Rinsing rice

I fed two takal of rice Into the newly washed pot. Scooped water for rinsing. Fumbled, stirred the seeds Of Tatay’s perspiration. Spilled the milky water. Poured out slowly until...
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