Sunday, March 1, 2015



This time of year is a spear of broken grass, dryly curling like famine.

The wind droops, feverish. Tufts of old bread strewn about are picked at by hopping birds wielding knives.

High above, the sun wears a scorching beard, hair crackling, his puffy face, angry red.

Scornfully, the sky holds itself aloof, cerulean—the color of cruelty—unsullied by the gathering promise of rain.

Darkness rushes in at low tide of daylight. Black hordes silently clatter weapons.

Moonlight rises long and slender as a cold fish, flint head glinting in silvery water.

Momentary, this desert: a puff of dust exploded by a gusty fist.

Originally published in Eastlit (September 1, 2014)

High above, the sun wears a scorching beard...


  1. Photo courtesy of wanko

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  2. “Tag-init” translates to “dry season.” Sometimes, “Tag-init” refers to the hot phase specifically of the dry season, March to May, while “Taglamig” refers to the cool phase, December to February. March to May might also be described as “Philippine summer” or just “summer.”