sapilitan pinatulis
lapis sa pantasa

hihipan sa ulunan
aalisin sa tinalupan

pipilitin ipanulat
sa pinilas na pahina

alaala tatapusin:
tula, lapis, tula!

ilista, itala
tipan, tipanan

punahin sa isinulat
at talas, pupulpulan

aapulahin, papupulahin
alipustahin, alipustahin

at hinala, pustahan! sa tapunan
nila hahanapin, hihilahin

lahat: talata, tula, tala
alipin lilipunin

salita, salita, salita

San Pedro, Laguna
Ikoma-shi, Nara


Body Against Light


Here, pornography is clean yet threadbare:
       stores tucked behind blockbuster stalls
       or on the second floor.

Expose skin smooth but blur
       private parts to noise.
       Pixels turn to clothes.


Tonight, a disappearing act.
       How to feign interest
       with a couple of bodies

huddled in a steam room. Breathe
       but keep lust to yourself
       covered with a thin towel.


Silence is a giant monster shadowing
       the skyscrapers. Superheroes cry
       out underground, their frames possessed

by frenzying lights. If everything not saved
       will be lost, surrender these figures
       to their own darknesses.

from ん
10 July 2017
Ikoma-shi, Nara