Beloved

Photo by Sabine Ojeil on Unsplash Breathe When I forget how to You hold out your hand, cup my face And my world rights itself again. Air rushes in my lungs, Blowing away clouds of gray That cling to the very core of my being And in one exhale, I remember who I am. Loved,... Continue Reading →

Halcyon Days

These daysWhen the worldIs gripped by panicLife came to a haltEverything on a standstillThe busy thoroughfares and squaresAre now as silent asCemeteriesDeath hoversClaims thousands a dayFrom countriesRich or poorOr in betweenSometimes it all feelsLike a bad dreamThat never stopsYou wonder if lifeCould ever beNormal againBut what is normal?Those days when you hardlyKnew if you were... Continue Reading →

Tingala

Tingala Pagmasdan ang buwan Nasaan ka man Maaari mo kayang maramdaman Kawalan kong nararanasan Gunita Multo ng nakaraan Bakit kailangang Basagin ang kapayapaang Kay tagal pinaghirapan Luksa Di makapaniwalang Nalagpasang nakalipas Kumakatok sa kasalukuyan Naniningil pagkat pinagkaitan Likha Mga linyang sumisipat Sa nakaraang kinalimutan Tuwing ako at ang buwan Nagkakatitigan I began hearing the first... Continue Reading →

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 →

Profile Picture

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 →

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