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.
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.
Madaling araw ng 7 May 2009