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Pagyabong

Ni Beverly W. Siy

Isang taon na rin mula nang makita ko siyang may
kasamang iba. Habang sakal-sakal ko ang mga dahon, di
ko napigilang maluha.

“Di mo na kailangang tanggalin ang mga tuyot na
dahon,” sabi ni Lola. Di ko namalayang nasa likod ko
na pala siya’t sinisilip ang mga alaga namin. “Ito’ng
maganda sa halaman, walang nasasayang. Ang bunga,
nakakain. Ang bulaklak, pandekorasyon. Ang tinik,
proteksiyon. Kusa namang malalagas ang mga dahon para
maging pataba sa lupa at pampalusog ng halaman
pagdating ng panahon.”

Naiwan akong tatango-tango habang hinihiwa ko nang Read more »

Freedom of touch

By John Lorenz S. Poquiz

You said
You didn’t want me

holding your hand
because you were embarrassed

of the calluses on your fingers
You got from playing
the guitar. I never thought

That music can do
that kind of damage.
I remember your old lover

who used to hold your hand;
whom you refuse to let go of

For a reason: His hand
locked together with yours:

Forming the shape of hearts
and many things more. You know

What? I never really
wanted to hold your hand.

My only wish is to nibble
on your fingers nails as though
they were my own.

Montage Vol. 11 • September 2008

Talikhalikan

Itinakda na ng Manlilikha
ang araw ng kanyang pagbaba.

Mula sa kung kaniyang turingin ay paraiso,
lalapag siyang nakayapak sa putik.

Pilit na ibababa ang sarili,
para maabot ang kung kaniyang tawagin ay lupa.

Gagawin ang lahat ng nararapat,
mapalapit lamang sa mga “ordinaryo.”

Tatalikuran ang kinaiinggitang langit, Read more »

Dead Stars

By Pheelyp Edward Aytona

When I see you, there is light
and my world is created anew
with you at its center.

Walking toward you, I am a meteor,
aflame with omens
of carnage and desecrated altars.

You pull at me
with a gravity that dislodges stars.
I hurtle, I stumble. You
smile, and I find myself falling fast

into orbit, charting long, slow circles,
weaving myself closer, Read more »

In between

By Myla Jasmine U. Bantog

The truth is, there is a space between us,
where once, we breathed each other’s air.
We try bridging it by planting flowers in between,
the scent a snake coiling around our fingers.
Our garden grows into a wilderness,
twigs and leaves breaking beneath our steps.
How we build walls to shield against odor and cracks
only to find towering fences and houses Read more »