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1.
Alejandro, as when baptized in Saint Martin Parish,
when first had a confession and communion,
name that was given when yet inside his mother’s womb.

Al, Ali, Andro, Andoy, handles that he’s been called
by mother and father, siblings, playmates and friends.
He could turn but sluggishly when his name summoned.

2.
Alex, just call me Alex,
he would sometimes beg,
though himself unsure whether he really was Alex.

Wayward just like other boys; fought and wounded,
and injured some kids. Had a dog named Blackie,
played tug o’ war, hide n’ seek.
Alex could still turn his head but only slowly when his name called.

3.
Jose. He said his name was when asked
by a security guard when once apprehended;
he was caught stealing a bottle of hair-gel
in a shop on Avenida.

Thief. Delinquent. Were some of the names
that the store manager called him.
They laughed at him, they taunted him,
said: Bastard, why are you doing that?
You’re a bummer!

4.
Mark? Is that you? Once a stranger asked him
as he passed a dark alley.
He turned (idly as always) and asked: Why?

The stranger murmured:
Let’s go to my kingdom, what say you?
But I am not Mark; John is my name
– where is your kingdom anyway? He replied, grinning.

5.
Fast-forward: Luke, Matthew, Timothy,
and some other disciples' names,
that when he already exhausted
all that were in The New Testament
he started looking into grandma’s pamphlet
for archangels’ names!

Alejandro, when called by whatever name,
would turn his head sluggishly as always
but would often make it up
with a sweet, sweet smile.

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




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The following comments are for "Alejandro's Names"
by peterpaulino

Peter/ Identity Crisis
Peter- A fresh read. Newly penned?

Partial paralysis came to mind. -A near inability to act or move...Lacking power..

Good stuff.

Noted to return...

Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: November 12, 2005 )

Bobby
Oh, Bobby. Thanks for your brief and yet, as always very thoughtful comment! The English version is fresh, yes. This is one of my few poems that was written first in Tagalog, my native dialect, and was submitted to a Filipino poetry forum. I was hoping, that despite its triviality, this poem could find its place in poetry, there's nothing much about imagery here but it's replaced with something else which I hope could pass as poetry.

Again thank you, for the time reading and thinking. :)

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: November 14, 2005 )

Lucie's Opinion
Lu, thank you very much. My gut feeling was, this is poetry, and someone would still have to assure me, so thank you. This idea came to me, that what if a person could use or be called several names but not his own real name? We are what our name is, if we change should our name be the same? How about if we change erratically?

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: November 19, 2005 )

i like it...
hi Peter! im back from hibernation...ive definitely missed litorg. i like this poem...playful and it made me think about the many names ive been called.

( Posted by: Shakti [Member] On: January 11, 2006 )

Saint Simon
I liked this poem alot. You created a compelling character that I enjoyed reading about.
Thanks.

( Posted by: bigyellowmonkey [Member] On: July 26, 2006 )





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