Smoke, Ashes, and Fireproof Spirits

It was midnight. Fifty firetrucks tried to save a lifetime’s worth of tremendous love, but they could not. Hush.  No, grieve. Grieve. The wailing sirens understand. Our cherished past is now only dust.… Continue reading

You Are Enough (A Response to Serge Gabriel’s “The Best Version of Myself”)

I know how it feels like to meet and exceed what was asked for, only to be loved with a love stamped with a Best Before.

Ambivalence

There will be years when breathing comes close to breaking, when  home seems far from your own skin. Courage. Let the world get all you have until what’s left is only what you refuse to give away. You… Continue reading

Cheers

Some flowers and a bottle of wineFor all that is beautifuland all that is gone.

Away

  They were only a few hours away from home– from a great love that has gone wrong. Isn’t it more comforting to measure distance by comparing different time zones?

Poems for People (Part 1)

In celebration of the National Arts Month and Valentine’s Day, I asked my friends to help me love better what I’ve always loved most: poetry. The game’s pretty simple: give me a word… Continue reading

I’d Still Love You in the Morning

Writing Prompt from 642 Tiny Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto: “You’re divorcing your spouse. Rewrite your wedding vows.” I honestly don’t think I’ll ever want to change anything.… Continue reading

Live Like a Flower

I hope some time within this year you wake up one fine morning and manage to tell yourself you’re proud of it all– the times when love that was right became wrong and… Continue reading

Brave Wishes for the New Year

In the coming year, I wish you will be brave. Whatever it is you have to do– chase a dream or make it wait, recollect or remember to forget, seek new loves or… Continue reading

2015 Eats and Feels

January 13 – Artsy Cafe – Maginhawa, Diliman This marks my last year/semester as a UP undergrad. Had a lovely lunch with my girls before we wait in the crazy enrolment lines for… Continue reading

To everyone I loved who left me, I thank you for the gift of poetry

To everyone I loved who left me, do not go back only to tell me you’re sorry. Apologies aren’t bandages and we are not fractured bones that will simply realign over time. We… Continue reading

I’ve Seen the Future

To my six-year old self, Please know I have seen your future. You’re gonna teach and you’re gonna write but it’s gonna feel like you’re just playing around. Yes, it’s gonna be like what… Continue reading

Tonight She Flies

Once there was a girl who fell in love with her fears so she kept them all in a box and tonight she flies. She’s free. It took me a migraine to finish… Continue reading

The ABC of Positivity

Admire yourself Gravity is the force that attracts us all towards the center of the earth and you are beautiful. You really don’t need someone else to believe facts, You’re beautiful. Feel free… Continue reading

Night Lights and Rainfall

Storms are kinder than people. I mean, which between the two is courteous enough to ask, “Hey excuse me I’m passing through. Would you mind moving aside ‘cause I might destroy you?” Tonight,… Continue reading