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Author's Note:
Patulong naman kung sino mabait d'yan, para mapaganda itong dalawang tula na ito. Na-post ko na'to sa poetry thread: Hearts. Salamat.


You decant my heart
from his soft bed
to a swinging hammock;
his little chary eyes
you poke with a paintbrush
as he sway forth
as if he were your artwork
- yours to mock.

Yet through all these
your face retain
its summer calm
making my heart look up
with rapt attention.
You bewitched him
and he clamors for even harder,
ever more frequent taunt.


You and I, we display them among the chinas
and ceramic souvenirs we collect
when we attend friends' weddings.
We let our neighbors see them
from the living room, no we could not move
the glass shelf from the study.
They would say "How neat, both your hearts
sitting there untouched. Why don't you let us
hold them for a while?"
then we could scowl at them and say
"They're none of your business!"

Remember one time when we argued
about the in-laws
you hit the glass shelf with a baseball bat?
Our poor frightened hearts jumped off their cushion,
I ran to check if you cut anyone of them,
suppressing tears I picked them up on the floor.
Good, they weren't hurt
there was no need for the gauze bandage
"Horrible you! Don't you dare do this once more," I cried.

crystal face I kiss
tongue tastes like sweet cold rain
I fall into pond

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The following comments are for "Hearts Need Repair"
by peterpaulino

I couldn't grasp the message, but was flashed with images of life in Philippines. The author's note though incomprehensible is very artistic, even though I don't know for whom that is designated. I think you should write more of this material, variations thereon, because I assume the world knows very little of artistic thought from Philippines.

( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: November 4, 2004 )

Thank you for reading. I was simply saying there for anyone to kindly please help me improve the two poems. Yes, I guess in the next few days I will be digging into my Filipino poems and try writing an English version for them. Just so you'll also have an idea how Tagalog Poetry looks like when I post them side by side. :)

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: November 5, 2004 )

broken hearts
It is good that your heart did npt break on that day, but when someone you love takes a bat to it beware!
About your quote regarding love lasting longer when not returned, sometimes it may seem that way. We always want what we cannot have. It is so much more infatuating that way. If you wish love that prings eternal you must let go of the leach and find someone that you can suck in return.

( Posted by: DrBlack [Member] On: November 26, 2004 )

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