Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

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I hear beats

By Glaiza Marie A. Seguia

As I lie I hear them:

beats passing from my left ear
to the right, creating echoes in between.

They oddly remind me of footsteps on rickety
floorboards and loud punches
on typewriter keys. Every creak and crack
and pound and clank are fingers tapping
my fissured memories.

I know these sounds
like I have been intimately
connected to them, somehow, somewhere
their pulse once synchronized
with mine. Read more »

Superkids

Ni Kim Louie M. Favis

Lata ng sardinas ang mga ring sa Negros kung saan sumusuntok
ang mga bata’t nangangarap
sa hinaharap.

Tindig-kabayo ang maliliit na hubog ng katawang hindi maipagkakamali
sa mga nilalang na paborito ng mga inang
hindi lubusang nahulaan ang kapalaran ng kanilang inakay-
ang hatid na pananabik at pag-asa ng pagbulaga ng silahis, at ang kaakibat
na pangamba at takot ng pagbagsak ng araw. Idinugtong Read more »

Fine

By Eldric Paul A. Peredo

So you’re doing fine.
I had my own small successes today.
I woke up dreamless if exhausted
from battling unconscious invasive thoughts
of that upturn of your lips
you call a smile.
In the shower, the moisturizing soap
you kept teasing me to use
mainly for your benefit
stayed in its holder.
The generic one my uncle bought
from Walmart worked as well.
Musk-scented, too.
I didn’t worry over whether you’ve eaten Read more »

Daddy, we are girls

By Czeriza Shennille S. Valencia

Daddy, we are girls.
You don’t put your socks on top of the television
while we are watching a rerun of a classical ballet.

Look, there goes the prima, turning and crumpling
like sea foam teasing the shore.
And look how she bends like a flushed pink petal.

And, daddy, look what you’ve done.
with your sock dangling over her face,
all she becomes is a moving piece of skirt.

Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

Pull that trigger

By Sharline J. Bareng

Many poets of this age tend to indulge in their own personal conflicts through their poems to satisfy their need for self-expression. Fortunately, there are still a few who are able to form poetry from the experiences of other people, particularly those wounded by the pain of bitter realities. Read more »

Inkblots

THE CONTRIBUTORS

Karen Capco is the managing editor of the Flame, the official student publication of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and Vice President-Internal of the Thomasian Writers Guild. Hailed as the Thomasian Poet of the Year in the recently concluded Ustetika Awards for Literature, she has been published in Honoring Fathers: An International Poetry Collection.

Literature junior Keith Cortez writes for the Flame. He won second prize for Poetry in the 21st Ustetika Awards for Literature. Read more »

An Ilocos Norte diary

By Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

AS THE sky, dying, flicked a last
streak of color—the somber
orange of a tropical bird’s wings—in the small window of the plane, I was gripped with joy that only comes with the certainty of arriving home. Read more »

Pagsilip sa mga pugad-manunulat

Nina Kris P. Bayos, Mary Joy T. de Lara, at Bernadette G. Irinco

Para sa taong nagnanais pasukin ang larangan ng panitikan, musika o performing arts, ang paghahanap ng bagong paraan upang maipahayag sa mundo ang mga katha at boses, ay minsa’y nangangailangan ng isang mainam na lugar kung saan higit niyang mailabas ang kanyang damdamin at ideya. Read more »

Traffic jam corner of Dagupan and Tutuban

By Mary Joy T. de Lara

Oily blotches,
     Bubbly spittles of all sizes
and quantities.
     Ancient bubble gums
Flattened by the perpetual flow
     of automobiles. Read more »

Pintuan

Ni Ruby Anne R. Pascua

(para sa mga nasawi sa nangyaring stampede noong Peb. 4, 2006, sa Philippine Sports Arena)

Matamis na ngiti
ang isinalubong mo
sa kawalang katiyakan
na para bang kalakip
ng pagbukang liwayway
lahat ng kasagutan
sa iyong kakapusan. Read more »