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Apat Na Sulok

Itong aking sulok
ay sulok
ng parisukat mong pagkalinga
na ang nasa gitna
ay ikaw;

ako din ay nandun
sa tatlo pang sulok
na nakatutok
sa mga direksyon ng kamatayan.

Dito sa isa sa mga sulok,
ako’y nauupos
sa pighati ng pagmamahal
na walang inaasahang kapalit;

at doon sa iba pa,

ako ay nangingikig sa malarya ng pag-iisa,

nauulyanin sa walang sawang pagkalinga,

nagugutom… nginangatngat
mga piraso ng pag-asang
paminsan-minsan mong itinatapon
sa aking harapan.

Paano na yan?
Ako ay binubulok na
ng aking mga sugat,
at gaano ba kabango
para sa iyong pang-amoy
alingasaw ng pusong bangkay
sa aking dibdib?

Nais kong masagip
sa pagkakabilanggong ito,
ngunit ang inaasam kong tagapagligtas ay ikaw na aking manlulupig.
Palayain mo ako
ng iyong pagkupkop,
kundi ng iyong pagkitil
sa aking hininga.

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Four Corners

This, my nook,
is a corner
of your esteem
where the center
is yourself;

I am also in those
three other corners
that aim
to death’s countless course.

Here, in one of the corners,
unrequited love’s sorrow
is extinguishing me;


where in those others,

I am convulsing to solitude’s ague,

made oblivious by my devotion,

famished,
nibbling at each morsel
of false hopes
cast by you.

And how, now
my wounds putrefy me;
how fragrant to your olfactories
is the stench
of this ptomainic heart
inside my chest?


I desire to be released
from this incarceration,
but he who I covet to liberate me
is you my captor.
Embrace me,
or slaughter me,
either will have saved my soul.




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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 "Apat Na Sulok"
by PETERPAULINO

"death’s countless course."
so glad to read you again, Peter, I've missed the woozy fluidity of your word choices, and this piece is full of good stuff, favourite being the third stanza, I think…

love how this cleverly combines the image of the self cornered and the corners of the self, an entrapment of soul which exists both inside and out, an utteral all-consuming passion...

beautifully put. thanks for sharing this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: October 16, 2008 )

Nagdadalamhati
I love the Tagalog version of your work. Very intense, I must say.
Binasa ko ito ng makalawang beses bago ko natagpuan ang aking sarili na malayang nagpapatango-tango. Ang isa sa paborito kong linya ay ang " malarya ng pag-iisa".
Well done!
Mabuhay ka kabayan!

( Posted by: ruthpenn [Member] On: October 16, 2008 )

PeterPaulino...so good, you!

"I desire to be released
from this incarceration,
but he who I covet to liberate me
is you my captor.
Embrace me,
or slaughter me,
either will have saved my soul."

This last stanza is so powerful, WOW!

More PeterPaulino, bring us MORE!

Blessings and love to you old friend,
Namaste,
Lena


( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: October 16, 2008 )

Peter... of olfactory stench
Peter,

A powerful poem. It speaks to me of the all-consuming, but never consummating, nature of passion, of not being able to complete the perfect square. Well-done.

Best,
Ariana

( Posted by: Ariana [Member] On: October 21, 2008 )





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