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  11601.     

Suffering Is Always Personal and Better Left Unshared and Unspoken

my words are waking me up
my hand is ready, the computer beeps
i like to write an email for you

how many times shall this happen?
this urge to let you know

this morning, i again blame myself
because i can't


i am thinking of the consequences
i know how painful is it to fall
how empty can the house become
how a night without a stars can make us cry
sometimes


how the sound of the river when you walk alone
gives you the sound of the cry of the pebbles
they break their silence
they scream

for truths still untold
to rules that cannot be broken

when you enter that empty room again
a ball of silence meets you
you sit beside it
it speaks to you

this is the first time that you have seen
its nature
it is dressed with lips
and when they begin to open to about to speak to you
you close your hands
turning them into fists
and you hit your chest

and the ball of silence moves away from you
it is respect for pain
when silence pretends again that it is just a ball
and that it can go away


for men suffer all alone
on unsaid proportion
with that ability to embrace no
description
 
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  11602.     

sufficiency in literature

manny pops out from somewhere
opens the door and begs that we listen
to him sing: i wanna live live live until i die
we obliged of course
just to help him ease himself from
too much
intellectual pressure
and even if we do not like the song
or because we cannot really relate to it
because we pride ourselves
as sane and
stable
we sing the song just the same
he is a toe
and when he is wounded
we are feeling
too the pain

indeed his body shook
like Vanuatu with an intensity 7 earthquake
we expect tsunamis later
but they did not come

and then manny is gone
went the U.S.A and true to his last word
just to be a nobody

and this
philosophically
has made him
happy.

i have to be honest
till now i never really like that song
or that i need to be shaken

i have these poem anyway
and perhaps if Manny reads it
somewhere
i guess i have to tell him
i have enough.
 
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  11603.     

sugar high

sugar high
blueberry cake
sweet surrender
 
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  11604.     

sugarland

how situation changes
sometimes we do not notice

you look at the child's face
you think it is still the usual girl's face

the usual humiliation comes with a name
a old name

you fail to recognize that beyond
the girl's face is a strong woman

that you fail to recognize
you refuse to give way to the changes

look at you
miserable as a rat jumping from the boat

just to save yourself
and yet when you see the girl in that

woman's face
you keep on clinging to what was once great

falling like debris
upon the present citadel of broken pieces

how can you not see the misery in you now?
poor as a rat but prouder still like a lion

without teeth
disregarding the near death

ahead of you
miserable rich, wretched by the price
of your time

look at you
how can you not see that rat in you
 
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