Salamin and Other Poems

salamin

mahal
kita
hindi
mo ba
alam
———
alam
mo ba
hindi
kita
mahal

###

Perpendicular
To your pendulum necklace
Stopped between my lips

###

Limbo Rock and a Hard Place

My self
is a few years from now
backward and forward

This, now
is a passage of sorts
where hoping falls short
with apology

And it isn’t even sad
or hurtful or bad
but actually generally
fine and dandy
(take my candy
the ground is quicksandy)

Or I’m just saying
fooling around, playing
time-killing
and hoping still

That the middle
of rock and hard place
is a diamond mine

###

Cruel
You call me liar
And I grin
Shrug my shoulders
And turn to walk away
Wishing
For complete nonchalance
But not
With this tug-of-war
In my head
Myself at both ends
Is this to make them meet?

###

Subconscious

Mere twitch or flinch
On the outside
But beneath I wrestle
Pin down each thought
I want buried

I bite my tongue
(A reflex)
I sweep my mind
(Or vacuum it)

I stop and turn
From voices never ordinary
But pervasive

I close my eyes
And choose to start anew
Again

I lock the cell door to memory
Wait until the pinned-down
Struggling thing
Tires itself

(Fear your dreams
Now
Headstrong girl)

###

you make me
scream
dream
laugh with a half-frown
and a laurel-leaf crown
that hides thorns as I mourn
moans subsiding as I’m torn
between stopping smiles
and forgoing miles
to see you
watchingwaitingsmiling
for another
no wonder
don’t bother
if I smother
a scream
and a dream

###

These were written between 2002 and 2010.

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