sa tuwing nata-trapik ako sa daan.
Naaalala kong ‘di ko namamalayan ang oras
sa tuwing hawak mo ang aking kamay.
Minsan marahan mong hinahaplos ang aking palad,
ngunit madalas ay mahigpit ang iyong kapit
na parang bang ako’y mawawala.
Nami-miss daw ba kita, sabi nila.
Laging oo ang ang sagot ko.
Kung gayo’y bakit daw ako humingi ng kalayaan?
Bakit daw kita pinakawalan.
Laging ewan ang sagot ko.
Ang totoo’y alam ko ang sagot —
ang tagal na nating na-trapik,
hindi na tayo makausad.
Tama lang siguro na bumaba na tayo ng jeep
at hanapin ang kanya-kanyang daan.
Sapat na siguro ang sandali
na minahal natin ang isa’t isa.
Pero oo, nami-miss nga kita,
lalo na kapag ma-trapik.
Dahil sa’yo, hindi abala ang trapik.
“Home is where the heart is,”
My heart is lost.
I am homeless.
This homeless heart waits right here,
waiting for someone to take her home.
Usually, I decide not to participate in Discover challenges because:
- I don’t think I am good enough to come up with a piece worthy of reading;
- I don’t have the luxury of time;
- and blogger’s block.
But this recent challenge, One, Two, Three!, mentioned one of the blogs that I absolutely love: Things We Like. In fact, I have my own list of things I like that was published more than a year ago. So in honor of this, I decided to make a series of haikus inspired by the entries in my list (which, by the way, still holds true even after more than a year has passed).
1. The smell of rain
What is this strange scent,
Rain mingling with foliage?
Smells and feels like home.
2. Slow dances
We could have been more.
Your melody, I have loved
But you just don’t dance.
3. Having my hair combed
I nap as I feel
Mother’s fingers through my hair.
Life’s warm and lovely.
4. Handwritten letters and notes
Then, we wrote daily.
Now, we text and chat instead.
Really miss your script.
5. Books that keep me up all night
One last page became
One last chapter until it’s…
Oh, I’ve finished it.
6. Shopping in malls when it’s just a few hours from closing time
Go ahead and stand
On escalator’s left side.
No one’s seeing you.
7. Eating with bare hands
Rice is always best
With fish and Bicol express.
Now licking fingers.
8. Peanut butter cups and cupcakes
Bored but saved by some
Peanut butter fairy cakes.
9. Dresses with poofy skirts
It has been long since
I’ve been pretty and silly,
Twirling in a skirt.
10. Studying in the library when very few people are around
Says my short attention span,
Is heaven on earth.
She just stands there,
The people dance.
They hold each other close
and they waltz to their own melodies.
They kick and flick.
They bang their heads.
The people fall in love.
They make out and break up and make up.
They get married and have kids.
Some just get dogs.
They grow old together.
Many others divorce
and get married again.
The people cry.
They fight and scream.
They hurt one another
with punches and words.
The people live
but are too drunk to remember.
Then they will all come to her
and their stories she will tell.
For that is what wallflowers do —
They remember for all.
He used to send her love notes every day — letters and poems, long and short.
Not once did she reply. Religiously still, he wrote of her chocolate eyes, her rosebud lips, her angel’s hair. He wrote of love.
He could have written more but the ink has run dry.