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Pagtahak ng ibang daan

Ni Mary Elaine V. Gonda

“Bukas sara ang mga pintuan.
Ilan kaya ngayong gabi
ang nag-iisip umiba ng daan?
Bumaba sa di-nakikilalang lugar
at hanapin ang unang maisip na kalye
o cafe, at sa huli’y magtiyaga
sa kung ano ang naroon?”

MADALAS pinanabikan ang isang paglalakbay. Marami kasing maaaring makasalamuha, maranasan, at makita tuwing tumatahak ng bagong lugar ang isang manlalakbay. Mula sa mga makakasama mo sa sasakyan, bagong paligid na mapagmamasdan, kultura ng ibang pamayanan at kung anu-ano pa. Read more »

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 »

Her stories pour forth

By Bernadette G. Irinco

Readers of Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo’s fiction can re-acquaint themselves to her writings as her new short story collection, Sky Blue After the Rain (University of the Philippines Press, 2005) brings together various stories and tales about the ordinary and magical, including some of her classics. Read more »

Xuan Zong

By Alessandra Rose Miguel

He sits on the stairways unmoved
By the sound of rain conjuring a
Memory of burgundy leaves falling
Beside him. How his midnights had
Burned with the smell of her sex
And cooled with her wet kisses
Pressed on his lips like the
Soft flesh of lychees, her fingers
Rambling on the smooth of his back
Like mute insects on the mouth of
A hibiscus. It was to her beauty
That the edges of things felt Read more »

memory shifts

By Karen Ann C. Capco

a finger wrote your name
out on the counter of a bar,
skin dragging water, leaving

nothing but droplets and the
faint wetness of desire. no one
else ever wrote it out again, perhaps

nobody else knew. i still do not
know your name. even lips
cannot trace water once it has left.

all i could see then was your face outlined
by lamplight, everything else was smoke
and clinging clothes, hair sticking Read more »

Sharpening our pencils

Reagan D. Tan

THE EGYPTIAN god-king Thamus once warned Djehuty (Greek name Thoth), the inventor of writing, that “… this discovery of yours (writing) will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. (Writing) is an aid not to memory but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth…” Read more »

Muli

Ni Sonny Sendon

Mamamahay muna ako sa iyong pangako:
Isang pamilyar na silid kung saan tayo minsan nang
nagtalik.

Iisipin kong nandun ka lang sa banyo,
Pinababango ang dapat na maging mabango.

Mas nakakasabik ang maghintay, sabi mo.
Maari din, ngunit umaalimuom na ang lamig

At namumuo,
Namumuo ang mga pawis sa salamin ng bintana

At ang mga tuyot na talutot ng rosas
Ay nalalagas sa mga buntong-hininga.

Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006

Manila my Manila

Ni Joseph d.L. Saguid

I. Lungsod

Sardinas na kulong
Ang pag-ibig sa lata
Masarap sa panlasa,
Magaan sa bulsa.

II. Baywalk Blues

Habang naglalakad sa Baywalk,
Maraming anino ang binasa sa night talk
Anong oras na? Alas dose na sir
Ang mahal naman. E di bababaan

III. Pulitiko 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 »

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 »