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The Unrecited Poem

The Unrecited Poem

The poem that you never recited, when our
conversation was halted, is the reason why
sleep cannot fall upon my lids.

Like a fruit that’s way too high, that would die
to descend from the sky, the poem that was never read
cries to me — I can’t sleep, and I know why.

Ruth Mostrales
The dawn of 7 May 2009

Ang Tulang ‘Di Nabigkas

Ang tulang hindi mo nabigkas, nang ang
usapan nati’y mapigtas, ay dahilan
upang ang pagkatulog sa aki’y ‘di mahulog-hulog.

Gaya ng bungang masyadong mataas, na walang ibang
hangad kundi ang mapitas, ang tulang ‘di nabigkas ay
humihiyaw sa akin — at dahilan upang ‘di ako antukin.

Ruth Mostrales
Madaling araw ng 7 May 2009

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