Monthly Archives: December 2006

Lifewatch

Lifewatch (For Monico Atienza) I A day before Christmas & he lies comatose at Mary Chiles. Is it a way of forgetting how long he has waged war against the empire, or the body now refuses what the mind perseveres? … Continue reading

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE

I The Law (For Cris, Aika, Len & Aya) In the country of mists, a strange constitution rules: The law is not immutable – it changes with the rhythm of the heart: The judge is the penitent, the jury does … Continue reading

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Mirage

He’s having coffee with her, catching every nuance of her tale. But he lets his guard down, he doesn’t want to listen anymore. This moment will be forgotten anyway. All the energy & warmth & everything would evaporate, like a … Continue reading

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Lesson

The news can’t cope with the language of violence: Devastation, despair, anguish… The signifiers fall short of actualizing the signified. Silence doesn’t offer comfort either. Weeping doesn’t empty itself of pain. What is there to do when God seemed to … Continue reading

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Black & Blue Heart

It’s almost predictable. His ego, of course, couldn’t handle it, having parodied himself after Don Quixote – Why this woman who bleeds his heart like an open sewer should prefer to suffer the seduction of scoundrels who smash her thighs … Continue reading

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Bicol

I The woman held tightly in her hand a spoon that she had salvaged from her lahar-flooded hut. That’s all she had saved & possibly didn’t know why she did it. Something she thought should be grabbed at the onslaught … Continue reading

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Words

The word assumes a silence that is of course full of words that mean this & that & nothing more. Yes, everything seems to fall short of real conversation because words fail us. But we drown in the river of … Continue reading

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