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  1597.     

12: 11 Noon (Office Break)

three cases disposed
and a chat of a friend from Bohol is finished

it has been a very busy morning
more files are coming

i composed this poem and posted it
just to mark a moment

everything is welcome here
the poetic, the non-poetic and the a-poetic

publication is free
and life after this goes on as usual as yesterday

you are afraid that soon a writer's block sets in
because you expect more from you

we are but witnesses and we write what we have seen
and felt

in fact, as you can see, when we begin to talk to ourselves
when everyone left at this hour

you will realize
there is even no audience to speak of

and that comforts us once again
that when no one is reading or watching
the dance as though it is your last
sing as though
no one likes to listen
live life
the way life wants itself to be lived

in such a short moment
let their be no rules, let every line be free
let there be only you
in this office break, and say to yourself

now i am king and now
this is my universe.
 
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  1598.     

12: 50......

at this hour the sound of the
electric fan is at its loudest

everything has surrendered to the
much needed silence

it is the reign of the dark
and there is no wind and the dog is fast asleep

i am the new spectator and i speak inside myself
like a stranger asking so many questions

what is this place? why is it going deeper?
where have all the people gone?
why are the trees shedding off all its leaves?

it boils down to who i am
and what i am doing at this very late hour

i watch a scene
i pay attention to the flashes of shapes and colors

there is no scent
there is no flavor

the sound of the fan screams
i am so patient and i still listen

to keep myself preoccupied
i keep on talking but i know for sure
that at this hour
no one listens
 
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  1599.     

120

The theory and remedy

Time in a billion years after
Shall cease
And everything grinds to a halt,

Do you not feel the distant stars
Moving faster away from you?

Things move away rapidly
Stars explode
On the fringes of this universe
Shooting through space

Jump then to another
Universe
Before ours gets used up

The luxury of worrying
About our age

Shall now dissipate
On a rundown universe

At any rate why
Worry? I do not intend
to go 60
33 was just perfect.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  1600.     

122

simplicity

before a table
a cup of rice and
few pieces of fish

you put your knee
near your mouth
as you mold
sticky white rice
with your bare hands

you open your mouth
and swallow what
you have in order
to live.

(shall i say
poverty?)
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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