Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

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Alas Tres

Ni Richard U. Lim

02:58 ng umaga. Dalawang minuto mula ngayon, eksaktong dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas mula nang magpaalam kami ni Jake sa isa't isa. Hanggang ngayon, sariwa pa ang mga alaala, hanggang ngayon dinudurog pa rin ang aking damdamin; at hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin ako dinadalaw ng antok mula nang humiga ako kanina sa'king kama. Read more »

Reincarnation

By Myla Jasmine U. Bantog

reincarnation-royce.jpg
WHEN we created castles on the coast,
we knew it would end up this way:
sea scraping sand, waves washing away
towers, leaving traces of brine.
Even the winds scatter
sand to strange shores,
virgin waters.

But the sea will dry up someday. Perhaps we will
see it once more, ashes built on uneven ground–

pillars reaching up, as if embracing the sky.

Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

Rise of Ghosts

By Keith Cortez

It is a promise we kept
Before the end of the world,
That you and I would stay
Together even if the sky
Was lit up by lightning
And the heavens was raining fire.

Spirits rising from their graves
Rubbing their ethereal eyes
With ghostly hands.

The world crumbles
And shakes but don't
Be afraid.

The world is just slowly undoing
Itself, piece by piece.
Somewhere, a continent
Has already sunk,
A mountain swallowed by the ground. Read more »

Miles

By Glenn Vincent Atanacio

We never end in peace,
Never mutilate bare designs to make ends
Meet–not when she holds
The doorknob like porcelain,
Fingers enfolding the clumsy click;
Or when he tumbles into the open
Road, walking away from house, back-
Yard, her graceless need
For change.

Does he really think I'm still not over him? she asks
Me while she thumbs through her journal.
Far is that day in May when
They looked out a friend's window, counting
Passengers in jeepney's passing, Read more »

The Renaissance man

HIS MIEN and mustache make him appear like a creature from a fabled golden age. Despite the wrinkles and the graying hair, his look remains agile and authoritative.
Meet the scholar and writer, Dr. Florentino Hornedo. In a venerable institution of masterful minds and mentors, he seems a cut above the rest for his solid credentials as pedagogue, pundit and pen-pusher. Read more »

Nars

Ni Michael Louie C. Celis

NAKATALI ang iyong mga kamay sa gilid ng kama habang abala ang lahat sa code blue.
Sa isang iglap, nakatuon sa naghihingalo mong katawan ang atensyon ng lahat. Wala ka nang magagawa pa. Wala ka nang lakas para umigtad at sawayin ang kamay ng doktor na pinapakinggan ang pabagal na pintig ng iyong puso at bumibilis na paghabol sa paghinga.
Hindi ka na rin makapalag sa aburidong nars na di-mabilang ang mga ampula at bote ng gamot na itinutusok sa nagmamanas mo nang katawan. Read more »

Alamat ng Kulasfiro

Ni Teo T. Antonio

Isang karaniwang tao si Kulasfiro,
sinusunod ang pangaral ng ina,na ganito:
"Igalang mo,ang iyong kapwa."
"Igalang ang karapatan ng mga dukha."
"Sumunod sa umiiral na batas
ang katwira't katotohana'y sindihan ang ningas."
"Sumunod sa pinaniniwalaang mithin
ipaglaban ang marangal na layunin."
"Sundin silang mga nakatataas
lalo na ang patnubay ng nasa ITAAS."
Naging matapat at masunurin si Kulasfiro
bilang isang anak at karaniwang tao. Read more »

Sa Gitna ng Giyera

Ni Fidel Antonio M. Medel

Gising na, Claro!

Kasabay ng mga bagang pinagliliyab ni Agni*,
iluluwal na ng liwanag ang mga sundalo ng lungsod.
Paparada sa lansangan ang mga pulutong
habang kinakargahan ang mga armas nilang hinugot mula sa lusak ng nakaraan.

Simula na ng digmaan.

Nakapapanting ng tenga ang pagmumura ng mga laruang bakal –
ang mga anas-anasan ng mga sundalong binulag ng prinsipyo.
Paaandarin na ang mga de-susing tangke – Read more »

Dramatizing history and historicizing drama

By Myla Jasmine U. Bantog and Marc Laurence C. Celis

FOR PROLIFIC playwright and historian Jose Victor Torres, an interest in history and writing may be triggered by just reading Ladybird children's books.
"As a child, I was a heavy reader," Torres told the Varsitarian. "I remember reading the two-volume Ladybird book, History of the Kings and Queens of England, that made me interested in history and eventually in writing."
Indeed, the Ladybird fan is now no mere beetle. Read more »

4 Tricks

By Angelo V. Suarez

forget that
you have
amnesia

/remind me is rewound
to remind by wind
you: the mind in a wound

stirred by stars
, not rats–
tar on the gum

/all mugshot:
never an explosion
BOO
m

between teeth
—the mellow muzak
of melons

) disappearances
are for the broke-

n (not the rich
& creamy =FOAM

is in—

yes: between shoulders

Never the pome
Of the wild buffalo
Than the blue
Heat of un-
Imaginable cocks (
Nudgenudge) Read more »