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  5597.     

Bacolod 2012

it is not planned
but just the same i went there

i've been there many times
bathed in its hot spring
felt the coldness of its trees
and scaled the vastness of its
fullness

i stood on top of a hill
felt the sun
ached my eyes for its mountains

wrote about its beauty
nothing extraordinary

in a final note it is not about its name
or history
not even about a place
or anyone

not about myself, it is indescribable
it cannot be said

it cannot be thought for long
because once you settle upon it
longer than you wish

it too is gone away
and when you step upon the stairs of another plane

you forget and try to remember another place
no, not another person

it is this travel of non-attachment at all
the bed that you sleep last night
is no longer a bed

the table cloth that you stained with the sap of
the luscious ripe mango fruit is no longer a cloth

you are on top of the world
on top of the white clouds that block all view

from the earth from all memories
and you keep saying now and writing each piece

piercing you and you do not mean anything
it is just the passing and the going and the non stopping


out of your mind out of this world
out of what dissipates like light in darkness

it is cold you cover your face with the blanket of
the plane
and then you cease

that is the story that you have written
it is intended for no one


now, not even for this earth
or the imagined heavens
 
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  5598.     

Bad Karma

now on your great fall
i shall look at you from here
at the top of my own
clean castle,

and you shall shout my name
curse my birth
and my ancestors

but how can you make me angry?

not anymore

you get what you deserve
in your own version of hell
 
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  5599.     

'Bad Karma, Always Bad Karma' The Old Woman Tells Us.

he had modest beginnings.
a woman whom he can never love
supports him to college.

he got a world of his own now
and takes another woman of his dreams.

his wings are long and strong.
he flies alone, corrupted by the sky.

what transformed him
into a black bird
is not unexpected.

His past has horns
His teeth sharp from
the beginning.

he wants not to see the truth
that hurts him since childhood.

how to rule the world and then destroy it,
will always have the consequences

he will always choose the wrong way
and everyone is excited
to see how he destroys himself.

'bad karma, always bad karma'
the old woman tells us.
' he should not have killed himself',
his wife says in closing.
 
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  5600.     

Bad Luck

today his house is burned
everything he has
lost in a matter of a few hours

the body of his only son
wrapped in plastic charred
there is no face of agony to see

and his chamber maid
ashed to death
a face without a hair
a skull with some flesh
the odor is incredible

how much does he owe still
to the gods?

he is drugged to sleep in the hospital
things are not that easy to swallow
bad luck, bad luck, all his friends are telling
this bad luck to each other
 
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