Casafuego I

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Hininga niya
ang kapalit
ng palitong
isa-isa na
niyang sinindihan.

Kawalan kapalit
ang kawalan:
ang umuusok
na init
ng handaan,
ang bulalakaw –
minsang dumaan
at hindi
ka binalikan,
ang guniguni
ng lolang
namayapa na.

Siya rin
ang kawalan
ng liwanag
bago magbago
ang taon.

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