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Boracay

Ni Elmer C. Hibek

Sa matimyas na pagtatalik ng hangin at tubig,
doon sa mahiwagang sinapupunan ng dagat
unti-unti kang nabuo, nagkahugis hanggang sa ganap
na isilang sa maputing buhanginan.

Alindog ng katawan mong walang saplot na iginuhit
sa pinong dalampasigan: hinahagkan ng araw at
buwan, dinidilaan ng alon, hinihimod ng bula,
niyayakap ng hangin. Anong pag-aangkin ng iyong
kaluluwa! May hihigit pa ba sa ganitong
maluwalhating tanawin?

Kariktan mo’y kapilas ng isang pangarap, gumigising
sa kamalayan at pandamang mistulang makina.
Yaman kang nakaladlad: inaangki’y di maigapos, Read more »

Litanya sa Ilog Pasig

Ni Elmer C. Hibek

Pamana ng madugong kasaysayan
Ilog na ginawang basurahan
Ilog na ginawang palikuran
Ilog na ginawang libingan
Ilog na kinitil ng kemikal
Ilog na nilapastangan ng balana
Ilog na pinandidirihan
Ilog ng pagkutya
Ilog ng hapis
Ilog ng kabalintunaan
Ilog ng kapabayaan
Ilog ng kahihiyan
Ilog ng kawalang pag-asa
Ilog ng kadustaan
Ilog ng maling kahatulan
Larawan ng maitim na nasa
Larawan ng kawalang paggalang
Mutya ng burak
Mutya ng kahapong nagmaliw
Lakambini ng walang budhing kabihasnan
Musa ng kaloobang bulok
Binibining ginahasa ng kaunlaran
Kabiyak ng marungis na lungsod Read more »

Stepping on dry leaves

By Kristine Joy L. Dabbay

With each step,
A crisp sound erupts.
Under sweaty soles,
Dry leaves crack—
Fragments scatter
To be trampled again—
As sturdy as the branch
Where the leaves once lived.

Montage Vol. 11 • September 2008

Under my umbrella

By Kristine Joy L. Dabbay

Why on a day like this,
Water kisses the earth
Dropping like unstringed necklace pearls
To the ground.
Footsteps press against the soil,
Raindrops fill the void,
And the wet scent of weeds
Overpowers that of sweat-soaked shirts,
All too abruptly.

Under my umbrella—
I know,
Not even the heaviest downpour
Can hinder the sun Read more »

What places inspired your literary pieces?

Compiled by Raychel Ria C. Agramon and Jenny Lynne G. Aguilar

Like us this sun’s regress
Sliding slowly into the
River’s rim does not have
A history. We begin
The day newly born
And shriven, and end it
Wisened with age and life
Lived blood-red full

Literary goddess Ophelia A. Dimalanta, while on board M.S. Egilika, praised the longest river in the world—Nile—in her poem “Beginnings,” which is featured in her book The Ophelia Dimalanta Reader Volume 1 (UST Publishing House, 2004).

I have waited for the years to melt down
Your overgrown nettles, sweet dew, magic
Flowers stretching to a hundred leagues
On paddies and green mountains. Read more »