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  11997.     

Somewhere In The Middle Of This Journey

somewhere in the middle of this journey
is the chaos of our presence
we like to dislodge and vomit of this
nostalgia of where we come from
we like to go back to the womb
and regret having grown our legs

we blame the hands of the midwife
we want to pinpoint who slapped us
we like to hear the sound of vengeance
of our first cries

did we cry for help? did i cry because
i never asked to be put here?
or did i cry because i am just making a lot of nonsense
about my innocence about despair?

i get some names of fathers and mothers and siblings
i write them on a page of a book and i ask what if they were not there

what could have been? what could i be part of?
i shout, i am an individual, i am not a part of this relating places
i am not a connection of the branches and roots

i stretch my hands wanting to touch and get hold of a rope
there is nothing there to put my neck in shame.

we get some comfort to the miseries of others.
we become brave from the stories of their sorrows and misfortunes.
we read the stories and the poems of those who know what is wrong.
what is pain, what is so distressing.

soon we learn this game. This art of shrugging our shoulders and then
putting the payment on the table, not drinking the glass of beer.
Leaving the table and not saying any word at all. And this we tell ourselves,

i am courageous. I am silent. I grow alone. I die alone. I am beautiful.
 
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  11998.     

Somewhere Sometime Someday

carry this dream:
someday somewhere something which is best for your life will happen
the windows shall open and the doors too
without your hands touching them
the hearts of your loved ones shall open and give you another room
they will all welcome you and embrace you
and you shall have tears
of joy
so much joy that you cannot hold with your fingers
all the dreams you have shall come true

that one evening
the sky shall part and you slip through it
into a world that you have never seen
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  11999.     

Somewhere....

somewhere
i will go to a place that no one has ever gone,
somewhere
i shall take my rest and be myself again
away from all of you
my friends and lovers and
halfway acquaintances
somewhere
i will meet someone that i have loved forever
myself and
my God (may He grant me peace
and mercy)
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  12000.     

Song In B Flat By Christina Calcatelli

silliman memory
twenty five years ago
at the port in dumaguete
my boat arrived
from Cebu
from Davao
and there was a little shower of rain
so fine and
my hair was wet
and damp

and there she was waiting
as i went down the stairs of the boat
lowered down
she held me
by her hand
telling me that her love
was true
and i kissed her
telling her
that my love
was as true as hers

++++++++++++++++++
outside the rain begins
and it will never end
++++++++++++++++++

that was twenty five years ago

for a love that never pushed through
for a love that should have been true.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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