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  11601.     

Tabula Rasa

this is a blank wall
or as you wish it, this could be a blank page,
or you may consider this
a blank mind of a child and
you will be teaching him
some things for the first time,
go, scroll, and find something,
























do you remember now, why the child is still in pain?
why the walls are stronger? why the blank page still have stains
of blood in there?
some sad memories that refuse to leave?










don't lose hope, there are still more blank spaces of the mind
imagine it to be some kind of a sky
now, put the stars and the moon, and try wishing








something nice and beautiful
like a boat filled with flowers and some light and then silently it sails
on a very peaceful sea like a fine silky cloth covering the dining table
to the place that you always dream to live




























forever.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11602.     

tacloban at the santo nino shrine

what i saw was the luxury of the past
ivory birds, octupus chandeliers,
chekoslovakian furnitures
russian dolls and persian carpets
these are all found here
icons of Christ and the Holy Virgin Mary
in marble chips from Italy
the paintings of Malakas and Maganda
the banig walls that took two years of polish and paste
it is totally a different world
thirty-seaters or twenty seaters
of chosen dignataries for dining
and dancing the wide halls
of this palace

the tourist guide guides us to different rooms
of this country of fools
each with an austrian mirror
polished black and white floors
the chosen hard wood and the glossy varnishes
these
all these
the people have suffered
in poverty and too much confusion of the times

what have we got now?
we have this trauma, of
never again

everything is dust.
everyone is dust

i am going back to the past
perhaps i shall bleed again,

cry...
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11603.     

tactless...

He is tactless
and to punish himself
he reigns in the kingdom of silence

he is condemned not to Speak
but he finds a solution
to this predicament:

he writes
becoming friendly with the word,
he reaches for the other world
acquainted with the high spirits

someone who reads this
writes me one day that i owe her an explanation

i guess this is already an invasion.

i sign off. I fade, until i become
a blank space

she looks for me
not even a dot i am

it is the emptiness that remains
the most loyal friend
in the kingdom of silence
where i am alone but king

not really lonely
but perhaps lovely
and free.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11604.     

TAGABUKID

Adtos syudad
Tan-aw sa metro
Taas ang liog
Nangita sa iyang
Kapalaran

Sa iyang kaulaw
Dihang nakabuak
Sa baso
Nga baratohon
Ra baya pod unta
Sa dihang siya
Giayog kasaba

Gihandom niya ang
Ngiub nga Langub

Ang lalom nga suba
Sa ilang bukid

Diin siya usahay
Kaniadto nagtago

Ug nagpaharohay
Sa tumang kalipay
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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