Kandle Cafe

Sunday night. 10:16. I'm still sitting in a cafe across my sister who's studying like crazy for her upcoming orals and case management presentation. People around us have come and gone. Only the two other people on the table nearby, who have been here before us, also studying like crazy, are left. The families dining... Continue Reading →

Prayer of the Restless

I want to find patience In the daily drudgery When the mind seems empty Like a soccer field at night When the floodlights are kept on But all the players have gone Not a leaf stirs Not a sigh from the wind The branches stripped and dry Are cobwebs that mangle The face of the... Continue Reading →

12 Years Later

As I was looking back on old posts, I realized that I have been blogging for 12 years now. I began (on what was then Multiply) after burning all those notes I wrote while grieving. Twelve years after 2007, I'm still writing. It took 12 years before I had the courage to put my name... Continue Reading →

Oh, Rain!

It's monsoon season again in the Philippines. Downpours, thunderstorms, typhoons... You name it, we have it. And since the online journal I co-edit has just released an issue with the theme "Rain", I've been reminded of the many poems and blog posts I've written about, inspired by, or mentioning rain. So I'm making this post... Continue Reading →

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I decided to go home that summer for longer than usual. I stayed for two weeks after Easter in the house where I grew up, desperately wanting time away from the crazy city life. I was tired and confused thinking about where my life was headed, and I wanted nothing more than to hide from... Continue Reading →

Ode to the First Rain of May

Tonight at midnight Came a sigh of relief After clouds let out Long held back tears In sheets of rain That seeped into¬† the Dry, cracked earth Filling crevices that thirsted For relief For so long And now let me sleep Find respite After violent sobs Racked the body Tired the heart Emptied the mind... Continue Reading →

The Trouble With Wanting

Wandering soul Wandering mind Wondering what's gone wrong with me And try not to try Swayed by the wind Swayed by desire Can't reach the moon up above And I don't dare touch the fire   'Cause the trouble with wanting is I want you The trouble with wanting is I want you The trouble... Continue Reading →

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