Category: Prose and Poetry Projects

Sometimes, you forget

Sometimes, you forget he’s dead.

You’ll be away for a long trip out of town, and come home expecting him to be there. He’s not. He’s gone.

You’ll want to come home and tell him about your travel tales, how much of a great adventure everything was.

You’ll tell him about how you got lost and how you figured everything out.

You’ll find that his room is now empty.

There’s no one there to listen to your hundred little stories of trains and airports and markets and temples and food and how origami seemed so much more fun when you’re there.

Or how much your feet ached to the bone from all the walking, then you’ll laugh about it together.

You’ll want to talk about the weather, how much colder autumn turned out to be, how autumn is like winter to someone who thrives on sweltering heat here.

You just forgot. He’s not here. He’s gone.

Remembering someone from way up the Tokyo Skytree

 

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Ang buhay ay isang mahabang prusisyon ng mga “malay mo”

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--Hugot moment at the MoMA

Malay mo, magustuhan mo sya
Malay mo, gusto ka rin pala nya

Malay mo, sya na pala
Malay mo, may kayo pala

Malay mo, may puwang
Malay mo, mapunan ang puwang

Malay mo, tugma naman
Malay mo, hindi na mawawalan

Malay mo, kaya nyo palang dalawa
Malay mo, walang dahilang mangamba

Malay mo, maaayos din lahat
Malay mo, hindi ka na inaalat

Malay mo, ang taya ay sulit
Malay mo, walang ngunit

Malay mo, okay naman
Malay mo, ikaw naman

Malay mo, eto na yun
Malay mo ba
Malay mo

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Tatlong linggo

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Sunset over the Potomac River

Sa pagsikat at paglubog ng araw
Sa liwanag ng buwang kay panglaw
Sa mga gabing hindi dalawin ng antok
Sa bawat bulong ng pusong tumitibok
Sa mga patlang ng pangungusap
Sa bawat segundong mata ay kumurap
Naroon ka
Saan man ako magpunta

Hahanapin ka sa bawat aawiting kanta
At madidinig ka sa bawat tipa ng gitara
Tatawirin ang pagitan
Sa aking isipan, ika’y masisilayan

Tatlong linggo ang lilipas
At sa huli, ako ay kakaripas
Pabalik sa bayang pinagmulan
Sa piling mo, doon ako mananahan

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