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  11997.     

the compulsion to settle for simplicity....

there is no denying that as a native
i think like a native

am no Englishman from
London Bridge
but a Bisayan from
Mindanao,

as such, i have no choice
but just to be myself,
in the utter simplicity of my language
translating myself
word by word in the nuances of
your Anglo-American world,

there is this attempt to be a part of
your world

did they say that Enlightenment?
that Genius of ideas
is only possible in your world
and not in the
land of my ancestors who know
nothing but only about spices and
spears and arrows and
jugs of wine and tattoos and
barbaric songs?

let me say what i want to say
in a few vocabularies
you may not listen, but at least
i have spoken.

I am thus compelled for that
simplicity that allows me to write this way.

Because i have nothing more
to offer you

Because what i have is only this
insistence to open my heart
and speak
what little love is still
left in there.
 
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  11998.     

the compulsory encasement

i shall miss the wind outside
how it feels
when i am inside a room
encased inside
a glass window
and a door that must remain closed
because it is
needed...

i shall miss the sound of the city
and i shall miss you
but for the meantime i must find
joy
in the flower by my window kissed by
a butterfly that merely
passes by....

no one stops here, everyone leaves...
 
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  11999.     

The Conclusion

you pick up a coin
and you bend for a time
and i have a time looking
at you

for that moment
i begin talking to myself
as you rise
and look at the side of the road
where cars are
passing by


this thought is mine alone
if i share it to you
i may hurt


i have a conclusion
but i will keep it
forever to myself
i have no right to
hurt you with all our
years

you look at the menu
you like
a strawberry shake

i prefer a cup of hot green
tea

i am the one bitter
i admire you for staying sweet


i am bitter and it is not your fault
it will be unfair
if i keep on justifying my errors
for love

love is always unfinished
it will always grow its roots and tendrils and climb upon
other fences

i sip bitterness
how i wish to tell you something else

you order a tiramisu
you offer a slice and you put it in my mouth

how can i refuse it?
in the middle of my bitterness
i still keep that respect
and so i swallow it

'it is delicious' i say
and then you smile


i am guilty. I am.
 
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  12000.     

The Condemnation

i am condemned to write
without end
because you never loved me

because i never confessed it to you
because if i confess it to you
you shall condemn love in return
vomit all its contents before my face
and love does look like love anymore

i am condemned to write and many shall read
because of pity
i never wanted to be pitied
i have my own dignity.

i shall be writing forever
about love
unrequited, and the world shall know
about a pain without end.

i shall find hope in reincarnation.
i shall be a tree with shiny leaves.
you shall take shade.
i shall be the bed where you shall sleep
the nights of your lifetime.
 
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