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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 Ikagaganda ng mundo

Ni Joseph D.L. Saguid

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Unahing iwasan ang mga liwasan.
Pagkat laging naroon siya:

ang matandang nanlilimahid
sa pangaral.

Naroon siya't iniiwasan
ang lahat liban

sa iyong tingin na agad
niyang sinasalubong

at agad ding itinatakwil.
Na tila may nais ipahiwatig.

Ang paglimot sa sarili.

Na tuwina'y nais mong alamin
bago marating ang dulo

ng liwasan. Ipangako mo,
sadya mong iiwasan

ang matandang walang ngalan.

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Huwag paghinalaan ang ilog. Read more »

On the death of a jazz singer (or my thoughts on immortality)

By Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Opening my mailbox this morning, I came upon the sad news that jazz singer Anita O' Day just passed away. I didn't know what to do with the information. I haven't heard her name until now or have I listened to any of her records. And yet, I know she represented something important, something urgent. She was an artist for one, who sang the heartbreaks and hopes of her generation, delighting many a people with her performances with her band. Read more »

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 »

Prayer

By J. Neil Garcia

And so, at last, you have accomplished it:
suffered for the sake of done-with love.
We are comparable now, you and I,
and even in the form of our recourse–

downtrodden, our heads in our hands,
shafted inside the shadows of a temple
whose God is pinioned to the wood
of the cruelest rejection: the world’s.

I could have told you it does that, often,
and not because someone must deserve it.
Desire is how the world keeps us thirsting, Read more »

The Visitation of a Bright Thing

By Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

It is morning again. He descends from silence
Into the tame blue of a sky that frames him
In a world he seems to have chosen, dreamt
Even before language dismantled it into

Recognizable parts: a drift of clouds,
Villages, pavements, stones. His concern
Is how to render the view anew, to speak
Without a predecessor, to sculpt the air into

A mountain only he can see, the map lost
In the mind so no one can repeat the same Read more »