Monthly Archives: November 2013

Alright

Land of Confusion

“Are you okay?”
“Uhm, yeah, I’m fine”
“You don’t look fine to me.”
“I am fine. I am alright.”
“All right? Everything’s goin’ right for you, huh?”
“No, not everything, really…”
“But you just said, you’re all right, so nothing’s wrong?”
“That’s not what I meant.”
“Then what’s wrong?”
“…Nothing.”
“Nothing’s wrong or nothing’s right?”
“C’mon…”
“C’mon what?”
“I don’t want to fight.”
“I just want to know if you’re alright…”

…and there will always be a time when
the very person closest to you
is the very one you can’t understand.

Yet, you stay, you carry on…
And you ask, for how long?

Usad Pagong

Usad pagong,
hindi lumilingon —
napapasuntok
sa inis
ang kamaong
nakakuyom.

Usad pagong,
gumagapang;
simbagal ng paghingi
ng kapatawaran
ng taong
naglilinis-linisan.

Usad pagong,
nakakapagpatunganga,
napapakagat-labi
sa inip;
ang puso kong
nananabik.

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