Montage Vol. 10 • December 2006

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Pakikipagsapalaran

Ni Deni Rose M. Afinidad

Makikipagsapalaran ako
Sa pagmamahal sa'yo
Kahit iginuhit na sa ating mga palad
Ang wakas
Kahit matalo tayo sa pakikipagbuno
Sa mga braso ng oras
Kahit patuloy na inuubos ng edad
Ang ating mga buhok
Kahit 'di na natin madugsungan
Ang hininga ng panahon
Kahit nalanta na ang binhi
Ng pag-asa
Kahit unti-unti nang nilulupig
Ng kulimlim
Ang naghihingalong liwanag

Mamahalin ka
May langit man
O wala
Ang iyong mga labi,
Ang aking ulap 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 »

Sa Ikagaganda ng mundo

Ni Joseph D.L. Saguid

1
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.

2
Huwag paghinalaan ang ilog. 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 »

Overnight

By Lee V. Villanueva

The silent bell tolls at past midnight
In the ears of a dead man alive
With eyes blacker than teabags
Rotten by nature's wrath

Coffee stains spread through the linen sheets
Of fragile hands from the mug it spilled
Where dreams dwell in an aroma
That cures a corpse from intoxication

Silence haunts the suburbs
Kissing gently the panes of dark-lit abode
In the last street where the luminous specks dwell
It peeks through the wide-eyed drowsiness Read more »

Hands

ONCE again, she is trapped in an ankle-deep flood, picking at her fingernails' cuticles. The water is black, reeking with floating things only God knows what. Already she can see diapers floating, and she scrunches her nose as the putrid smell hits her. It is her second time this week to be stranded, and she doesn't like it. Everywhere jeepneys are full, and even if she rides one it does not guarantee that she will make it home. Read more »

Ganito Ko Naisip Magpatiwakal

Ni Sonny C. Sendon

Lilisanin ko nang buong tapang ang silid aklatan
at sasabihing hinding-hindi ko na ito babalikan,
na hindi ako magigising sa kalagitnaan ng pagtulog
na umaapuhap ng tula, na wari'y may naiwang marka,
naipit na pananda, bukas na pahina, naparam na kaluluwa,
yaong may tatawag sa aking pangalan bago ko ipinid
ang pinto, bago ibilin sa alikabok ang mga libro, ilihim
sa mga eskaparate na itong pag-aakda ay nagbabadya 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 »

Lenten Parade

By Benedict Parfan

Judas Iscariot's kiss is on the 27th float.
It is him whose lips are frozen
inches away from the Messiah's face,
scrutinized close by a soldier
who held his torch as if to burn

their wigs, or hit their heads,
his angry frown made theatrical
by the sculpture's dark carapace.
Between the two main statues,
the kiss never really happened.

There is just the traitor's hand
casting a shadow on the back of Jesus,
not touching either, just a gesture Read more »

Panaghoy ni Atlas

Ni Ruben Jeffrey R. Asuncion

Hanggang kailan kaya magtatagal itong pagpapasan ko
Ng daigdig?
Ilang milyong taon kong tinitiis ang pangangawit ng aking mga balikat at
kamay, habang namamanhid na ang mga tuhod ko.
Mula nang iniatas ni Zeus na matagumpay,
Ang pagparusa sa kaniyang mga nalupig na kalabang Titan.
Kasama ako sa mga sawim-palad na ito,
Na tanging kasalanan ang pumanig sa ama
nitong Hari ng Olimpo na nagnanais na manatiling
Puno ng Santinakpan. Read more »