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.
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.
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;
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
To what shall I compare
The networks we all share?
A spiderweb, a slight tug—
a vibration, an indifferent shrug.
A cycle of water,
The birth of another,
A child and a mother—
An inherently interwoven connectedness
by a Weaver without rest. Continue reading Spiderweb
Everything that is truly,
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
You took the saying
“Take all the time in the world,”
Quite too seriously
Like a perfectionist baker
Thought of the next move
Like a professional chess player
Our bonding moments
Were mostly department stores
And passing hours
And few more hours
Mounds and mounds of ukay-ukays,
And million begs:
“Mama, uwi na tayo,” Continue reading For the Ortho Queen