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  11797.     

the alligator...

detach the cover
the book is naked
its face is blanked
it has no identity

open the page
there are no changes in
those prints
the letters still make
the command

the sentences end
in their usual paragraphs
in a new sense,
to signify a little difference
there shall be no periods,
as you notice
there are only commas,

there is a meaning to this,
something in us always moves, continues, serrated,
double-edged sharpness of the mind
sometimes, a comma creates a sense of suspension,
like a bridge, a lull, a disbelief,
no one likes it, because everyone in us, trained as we were
in schools with always in mind
completions, and endings, we, do hate, incomplete returns
like a rumor with nothing definite as to
what happened to the
subject,

the scene is frozen, nothing thaws it,
the word is hanging, the journey of the feeling is still at the middle
of the map, the red dot still unreached,
and there is no stopping and this precisely makes you breathless

like you are having a swing, like you are
suspended in a rope still not well tightened,

feel it, do not be horrified, just feel it,
precisely, this is the truth about our existence

sword of Damocles up
and the gaping mouth of the abyss beneath
looking like
the more than sign in
basic mathematics

the mouth of the
see you later alligator,
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11798.     

THE AMAZING GRACE OF GOD

HIS WIFE, and two daughters
and son
and his mother were on that bus
that lost a brake
and banged its head on the old
trunk of the big acacia tree
on the road
to Isabela,

they were visiting the miraculous
church of Manaoag
as a family

all of them died except him
who is now
lighting a candle and offering prayers
to five coffins,

and yet when asked
he says
he still feels the AMAZING GRACE OF GOD.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11799.     

the amor secos.

some leaves and moss
on water and stones at
the side of a river crystal
mirror to the sky early morning
on a walk with your dog
as the wind gently blows
the amor secos.

birds flying away from you
the silence is a memory of a tunnel
until a pebble hits the side of the
metal as the boy looks for the bird
that falls

another bird from a branch above your
head looks in fear.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11800.     

The Analogous

everything has
an analogy

for instance these hands
with fingers

are they not rivers and creeks
a source and
tributaries?

for instance this body
this temple
where my soul rests

this eye
this window of the house

the sun
the eye of the earth

a friend of the stars
the wonders of our longings

for instance
the silence
a dash in our talk
a space of our doubts

many more
for instance you and me
two hands in prayer
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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