History

I
So the family waxed nostalgic
over him of their Cavite bloodline:
How this mestizo General stood out
in the sepia background
of shoddy Katipuneros & Ilustrado firebrands –
Plus the acres & acres of ancestral land
for crossing over to the American line.
Thus is history writ for winning brigands.

II
Malong, kris & Mindanao swords
Abra hats, trinkets & monographs
old Magdalo photographs
all squeezed into a journeyman’s bag –
These artifacts of familial history
dry leaves between the pages of memory
are the unread texts of resistance theory.

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