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Kilala kita. Oo, ikaw 'yun: Nagkasalubong na tayo minsan, sa LRT, sa Gotohan, sa kanto ng Aurora at Katipunan. Nagkatinginan tayo. Hindi mo ako kinausap, pero alam ko, nakilala mo rin ako. Kaya ka narito, di ba? Para sabihing,
Oo, oo, ikaw nga 'yun. Naaalala kita.
O, ha, Plurk, o, ha!
Mag-exercise tayo tuwing umaga
Tambay ka muna
Ano'ng hanap mo?
Basa lang nang basa
na, mula noong 24 Enero, 2006, ang nakitambay dito
isa na namang tula, hindi na naman sa akin
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The Reading W.S. DiPiero After the fluttered knocks on the near green door, the room fills with their various lights and flesh. I know (through smoked glass, or gels) most of the faces. Harry Grabenstein, my oldest friend, ushers them in. In blue lamplight, my first girlfriend touches the nipple moist under her blouse. Farther around the jagged circle my father sits, scrubbing one hand with the other, reading, or waiting for, some new message there; he chokes as usual on the brink of speech, torturing his flesh instead, while my sister, grown older than he, custodial, painfully kind, fails to heal him with her gaze and touch. Toward the back I see a runt version of myself, stubbing a cigarette in my palm. And cousin Tom, in the studded leather jacket, gleaming punk silk, dear Tom grins and tries not to spit on the rug. In the unbodied loop and sway of breasts and arms the faceless woman of my familiar dream is there, lifting to my mouth the cool wooden bowl of milk. To touch her, my hand must pass clean through. She'll remind me, and I'll need to hear it said, that the pilgrims who are or will be in this room have come to listen, that I had better start soon, before it gets late and everyone decides to leave.
posted by mdlc @ 5:52 PM