Okay Lang, Ma (Isang Elehiya)

NOTE: This poem is written mostly in Filipino, some are in Ilocano. I apologize for errors (if there are) in the way the Ilocano phrases are written.

Alam ko
Gaano pa man kahaba ang tulang ‘to
Magtagpi-tagpi man ang mga ritmo
Sumakto man ang mga tugma
Sa bawat linya ma’y damang-dama,
Hindi na niya maririnig.

Sabi nila
Nandiyan lang naman siya
Kabilang sa mga tala
Na gabi-gabi kong tinitingala.
Sabi naman ng iba
40 days pa siyang gagala (lol)
Pwede rin namang imahinasyon
Para sa mga taong idinadaan sa tula
Ang kanilang pangungulila. (ehem)

Continue reading Okay Lang, Ma (Isang Elehiya)



My fingers ache to write
About things falling apart;
About rubbles
Tainted with fingerprints
That match perfectly with mine.

About rusty chains
Wrapped around the necks
Of people I love
Tugged by the midline of my index
I keep pulling,
Pulling. Pulling. Continue reading Desolation

Limitless Boundaries

Everything that is truly,
breathtakingly beautiful
is found above.

Like white pillow clouds,
Forming dragons dining on a long table
Ducks spreading wings on top of an alligator
Remolded into a cotton candy
With vanilla ice cream flavor.
On and on the painting changes,
The indecisive wind sure makes a lot of smudges. Continue reading Limitless Boundaries

For the Ortho Queen

You took the saying
“Take all the time in the world,”
Quite too seriously
Kneaded time
Like a perfectionist baker
Thought of the next move
Like a professional chess player

Our bonding moments
Were mostly department stores
And passing hours
Bustling marketplaces
And few more hours
Scavenging through
Mounds and mounds of ukay-ukays,
Cramping legs
And million begs:
“Mama, uwi na tayo, Continue reading For the Ortho Queen