Sunday, February 5
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Tag: Dapitan 2023 Promotional Pieces

Harvest the Grapes of Berlin

Harvest the Grapes of Berlin

Literary
by FRANZ ZOE STOELZL T. BAROÑA Editor’s Note: This piece is one of the works in a nine-part series in line with the Dapitan 2023 theme Panopticon. All works are written by The Flame‘s Literary staffers. RATS SCUFFLED from the crevices that graced the surface of the earth, the ground trembled beneath the grinding steel tracks of Soviet tanks, and bullets tattered in all four cardinal directions—wheezing past the German's crippled ears. Aircrafts and artillery continued to govern what was once the proud skies and soil of Berlin. The Germans were denied of their own will—so much that Fritz had to carry his son Finn into an abandoned house, begging him to silence his voice from the cries he could not restrain for God's sake. When Finn had settled, he was lost in his thoughts. H...
Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil

Literary
by CZERIZHA KAIZEL S. ADZUARA Editor’s Note: This piece is one of the works in a nine-part series in line with the Dapitan 2023 theme Panopticon. All works are written by The Flame's Literary staffers. In Norse mythology, a colossal tree binds the nine realms. Its branches are bridges to the rest of the cosmos. Yggdrasil is the center of the Norse universe. During a family dinner, I watched my younger sister flinch at an unsolicited remark from a relative. I knew she would cry alone later by the sudden shrug of her shoulders. She was trying to regain her composure, and I was there observing. The clash of utensils against the porcelain plates clouded her distress. A non-expressive household sows vigilant eyes and ears. It bears hushed young lips. You have to be cautious to r...