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A Dove Born of Ashes

A Dove Born of Ashes

Embers flickered of a dying, crumbling home. my fingers stained gray of sin, regret, and ruin of hope.   it crushed what  the flame broke what it took and what it left.   ashes upon ashes of what used to be reminders of lit matches  and scorched petals.   winds…
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A Nook in Baguio

A Nook in Baguio

THE SUNDOWN and the foggy atmosphere surround the forgotten toys as I reflect on the memories tied to them. One thing is certain: everything seems unchanged, hopefully for the better. Yet the remembrance of this place eludes me, as does the time I truly inhabited through capturing this moment. The…
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Seek refuge, wearied soul

Seek refuge, wearied soul

Seek refuge, wearied soul for the times have taken a toll Your face deserves a gentle kiss Of the countryside’s breeze   Let the sand immerse your toes Let it calm your sole sore from all the chase   Slowly approach the coast inch by inch until you are soaked…
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Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

IT SEEMED pointless to stay up late, tonight of all days. There were no quizzes, discussion boards or assigned readings.  But when I fell onto my bed, sleep did not come easy. My mind could not help but dwell on all the things I had left unfinished. My feet were…
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Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

UNNOTICED, I brush against countless arms, like everyone’s fleeting youth colliding with the impending yuletide. The gossip interferes with the sound of bass guitars, and heavy thumps of drums become nuisances to the tenderness of everyone’s voice. I attempt to bump shoulders with everyone for a closer look, to see…
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A Spoonful of Memories

A Spoonful of Memories

AS HER friends chatted under the Dita trees, smiling while they held their meals, she played with hers until it was cold. The rice no longer emitted smoke, and the sauteed vegetables looked soggy.  The various spices from different food stalls gave her a speck of appetite. But after she…
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Mga Muning

Mga Muning

Sa unti-unting paglubog ng bituing iniikutan, Magiging isang kulay ang lupa at langit, Ang mga muning sa kalye ang silang lalapit, At kakapit sa mga kabalyas na ating bitbit.   Sa pagtugtog ng kampana ng simbahan, Isang palatandaan ng paglubog ng araw, Ang mga parola na nakasabit sa bakal-bakal Ang…
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Keluarga

Keluarga

DISTANT FIGURES giggled at the sight of my sister dragging me around, as they always do. But this time was different; I had so many things I wanted to say, yet all I could do was let her drag me around in this stifling heat. “Abang, Mom said that the…
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As Dawn Hits

As Dawn Hits

Heal thy troubles and woes  Knock on their wooden hearts Wipe tears with their cotton hems Plead to their beady eyes Heal sorrows with strands of hair   For when dawn hits No place is safe again   When everything is refused Cease to question yourselves When you refuse to…
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