Poetry

Mt. Pulag

Sa karagatang ulap na humahampas-hampas sa luntiang dalampasigan ng kabundukan Ikaw ay isang bankang papel- Naglalayag,naglalakbay, sinasabayan ang alon, bawat daluyong ng buhay. Kung saan man dalhin ng mga alaala at malamig na hangin, Ulit-ulitin mang ipagtabuyan ng bagyong dumarating- Ikaw, bankang papel sa karagatang ulap, Sabihin mo sa akin: Hindi ka titigil na marating… Read More Mt. Pulag

Poetry

Summit Song

After the cruel hike, the seemingly endless trail here we are: Strength spent and lungs exploding. Our skins burn raw Under the scorching brightness of too much sun, But we wanted all of these: every ache, every trickle of sweat and labored breath, every dirt that clings to our faces because at the mountains there… Read More Summit Song

Poetry

The Stranger

I don’t know who you are– I only know the way your body moves on boulders, as if weightless as if limitless against the gravity that tugs at your back. I know the sureness of your footsteps Your persistence for perfection . I don’t know you- no, not really But I know your eyes, Your… Read More The Stranger

Poetry

Hiking Mt. Daraitan

How shall we start the descent when the beauty at the summit is too overwhelming: the jagged rock peaks, the beards of moss hanging on a tree, and over there- look! the Daraitan River threading like a ribbon through the looming mountains of the Sierra Madre. I can feel the rush of the water in… Read More Hiking Mt. Daraitan

Poetry

New Year (poem)

A single firework flashes, its light a temporary brightness smeared across the dark canvass of sky. Some people come into our lives like this- fleeting, for a moment only. They burst in colors and flare and then are gone. It is up to you what to remember now: that flash of light, or the darkness… Read More New Year (poem)