I keep a lover and He means so much to me. When I think of him I feel light-headed And giddy from within. We test each other’s Patience then make love Like there’s no tomorrow. He is in myself, My triumph and tempest, He makes me seethe With rage and passion Till we both are […]
And this shall be my last goodbye. Do not leave your door— even your windows, The leaks in your ceiling open for my voice Seal your heart for if I come to return to your hands The pieces of my heart wrapped in your shirt I shall think of you—the you who loved […]
That night, that second, when you were dying a thousand deaths in my arms, I pulled my left hand from your waist and lifted the bottle of San Miguel Beer on the table and poured its remaining content all over me. Then I, à la gremlin, multiplied into a thousand first aiders (each duly certified) […]
From the morning to the evening Fresh young hearts were set to burning With desire; pain and sadness yet to know. He my lover first to waken Mind and body, my heart taken, Then set to match, see how the embers glow. My hand he takes and places On his chest, and then […]
You are the Past I’ve annihilated To save Myself. In my slumber You took root Inside me Against my will, Tangled tentacles Of a poisoned love Long dead. I ripped out Your tortured spirit To exorcise you From my consciousness. In you My absence Became an emptiness That screams In silence. […]
Tired eyes shut in deep slumber Glass beads wound Around clasped hands I dare not disturb her peace The flickering light Of mourning candles Bring back memories Of cold gray mornings Apo baket keeping watch Beside the three-stone hearth Inabel blanket wrapped Around her bony frame I catch a whiff Of her […]
Is it imperative to run through along when the countdown starts at ten, until I take the plunge, bring myself forward, ask which intent yields the least red flags I come undone to commit a list of selves I desire being for the year approaching and learn: this self, which understands before the process of […]
And while it’s true that knowledge of self is required before you can love, truly love, you must also have a healthy faith in the unknown, an appreciation for the wind that blows from you know not where, that stirs the sea and leads it to strange shores where you may never see the sky […]
You were a stray looking to survive Out on the streets walking day and night Your asphalt bed may give you some rest Yet you dream of loving arms and kisses And a home to call your nest. Your dark fur, glazed with a golden sheen Shines in the sun after the rain has […]
Frost eyes stare into the layers and layers underneath. Rotate, adjust, rotate, adjust. some eyes are made to look at what’s under miscroscopes and see the dinosaur-old cells within barely human humans. Cold hands always gloved blue or white or green. Scrape, cut, scrape, cut. Some hands touch the insides, even graze the silver […]
How hard it is to take a side. Where I live, we are tribes Of rich and poor, and in-betweens. We are tribes of different colors. We are descended from chinks called insects, From older tribes we try to genocide, We are descended from the conqueror-rapists And from the conquered and raped. We are the […]
Kaibigan, Petmalung lodi ka na dapat ngayon, paalala lang Baka kasi nirarayuma na yang akay-akay mong salita Sa taludtod; apdeyt apdeyt din pag may taym. Wag na wag kang pupuslit ng kakosa, katropa, karantso, Baka walang makaintindi: patok ang paps at repa. Mala-wattpad ang peg ng drama ng saknong Kung maaari; at […]
We peer furtively at smiles, bent wrists and it smacks of mortality. We imagine—nebulae in the irises of a stranger, like they bear stories waiting for the optimum mass of hydrogen, us counting on fusion. The wish to witness the immortal is a prayer written by the finite. A folly—we are born into time, but […]
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