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Prospera's Patch of Poetry

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on: Jan 27, 2013, 11:36 AM

People are moving
moving out

there is always

the melancholic breath
of deserted houses
the seaport

a case of hands
still waving
is shipped
to another shore

tears are bottled
and frozen
in hearts

old friends
have no friends
to go to

people prepare
to forget

--Lia Lopez-Chua
(from the book of poems titled "the fate of all progeny")
« Last Edit: Nov 19, 2013, 01:33 PM by Prospera »


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Reply #1 on: Jan 29, 2013, 11:30 AM
Without Reaching

Something is always
almost yours
a winding wind

starting from
nowhere ending
in a place unseen

a leaf fidgeting on a twig
unable to decide
which way to fall

there is always something
to be reached

perhaps it has no reason
to stay perhaps
it belongs to you

as you wait for it
it is close to your hands
as you stop waiting

it is closer to your hands
without reaching for it
its arrival is not for you

(Note: From the same poetry collection by the same author.
I could have sworn the poet was writing about trading!)


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Reply #2 on: Feb 08, 2013, 09:39 AM
The Same Place Twice

It's whether weather, like it or not.
I mean the sun bobbing out and in
Like a loose cork, and the sky is water

And the water is rain, keeping time
Like a minefield. As a child,
My life was an intricate field

Of nerves and explosions
Little could set off and little
Could hold in.

Now there's hardly a squall here
But a shiver of trees, the lift
Of a breeze there. In the air

Of a young storm, the threat's
Hardly there. Currents pass through
Me, as random as tenderness

Or cruelty, charging the air,
Ready to raze their frightened fire
In my heart's stern country.

--Mookie Katigbak

(from the book "Proxy Eros")


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Reply #3 on: Mar 03, 2013, 09:33 PM
As Far as Cho-Fu-Sa

If  you are coming down the narrows of the river Kiang.
let me know beforehand and I will come out to meet you
As far as Cho-Fu-Sa.

    --Li Po, "The River Merchant's Wife," as translated by Ezra Pound

What I am, ever, is this: composure of stone.
Spare weather visiting the garden, small as the hours
I keep watch by. Beyond this wall

Must be better weathers. This claw of stars
Must constellate somewhere into a bear,
Else names would lie.

Since winter's thaws, no script from you
Save this: "I travel the river and follow
The white gulls--"

Husband. See me walking the dusty pass
Where loom our prior lives?
Here the years pass that I enshrine

Within these walls, sparing nothing
From the ardors of my stare. Blue plums,
Paired butterflies repeat you

In a walled world. I tell myself
To clear the moss, mend the gate
So long unswayed and caked with dirt,

But nothing moves. Somewhere
You are actual. Happen to me there.

--Mookie Katigbak
(from "The Proxy Eros")


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Reply #4 on: Mar 24, 2013, 08:25 PM
For My Mother On Her 60th Birthday

I pretend life is entirely different
that vertigo and death are planets
aligned at no point in its universe
that breath trusts us with its secret
that life is only life unto life
and nothing matters as much
as the hands we can go on holding
their ten familiar bridges sliding
towards home
where our voices call to each other
and the shudder is not there

--Lia Lopez-Chua

(from "the fate of all progeny"
NB: posted in remembrance of  my late mother's birthday next week)


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Reply #5 on: Mar 25, 2013, 01:37 PM
Are you part of Bigkas Pilipinas, @Prospera?


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Reply #6 on: Mar 25, 2013, 06:04 PM
^No, but I have, uhm, poetic sensibilities. :-)  And you?


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Reply #7 on: Apr 09, 2013, 10:26 PM
The Soldier

There are still many wars
The same war all these years
the long arms of pain never leaving him
the enemies rising out from his body
like smoke
calling to a fire no one can stop
his body houses nothing but grief
he is older now
the years of fighting have taught him
how to roll himself
into the size of a fist
to make the war his life
but sometimes when no one is watching
he curls up
into a cat
and mourns for having too many lives

--Lia Lopez-Chua
(from "the fate of all progeny")

NB:  Because we're commemorating "Araw ng Kagitingan" today. If I had enough guts, I'd send it to the person the poem reminds me most of--a favorite prof who was also a former soldier. 


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Reply #8 on: Nov 17, 2013, 09:37 AM
A Postcard From The Volcano

Children picking up our bones
Will never know that these were once
As quick as foxes on the hill;

And that in autumn, when the grapes
Made sharp air sharper by their smell
These had a being, breathing frost;

And least will guess that with our bones
We left much more, left what still is
The look of things, left what we felt

At what we saw. The spring clouds blow
Above the shuttered mansion house,
Beyond our gate and the windy sky

Cries out a literate despair.
We knew for long the mansion's look
And what we said of it became

A part of what it is ... Children,
Still weaving budded aureoles,
Will speak our speech and never know,

Will say of the mansion that it seems
As if he that lived there left behind
A spirit storming in blank walls,

A dirty house in a gutted world,
A tatter of shadows peaked to white,
Smeared with the gold of the opulent sun.

Wallace Stevens

I re-discovered Wallace Stevens in grad school when my favorite prof (who I had a secret crush on) had us read one of his poems, "The Emperor of Ice-Cream." 

Wala lang. Emote-emote lang muna...habang may time.


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Reply #9 on: Nov 17, 2013, 01:34 PM
makata pla ikaw ma'am Prospera..hehe
« Last Edit: Nov 18, 2013, 02:18 PM by singkit_1588 »


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Reply #10 on: Nov 17, 2013, 05:13 PM
^Ang cute mo talaga, singkit.:-)

Hayaan mo, hahanapan kita ng magandang love-poem na p'wede mo i-memorize para kay gf. Malapit ka na umuwi dito, di ba?
« Last Edit: Nov 18, 2013, 07:27 AM by Prospera »


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Reply #11 on: Nov 17, 2013, 07:37 PM
ma'am Prospera..
di ata to poem pero eto ung unang nabasa ko nung grade 1 ako sa english book ng kuya ko.hehe

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive.
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be.
That’s why people are so cynical about it. . . .
It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.


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Reply #12 on: Nov 18, 2013, 07:28 AM
^Tama, singkit! Mas bagay nga ang obra ni Joey de Leon sa "Joke" thread.


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Reply #13 on: Nov 18, 2013, 08:30 AM
^Tama, singkit! Mas bagay nga ang obra ni Joey de Leon sa "Joke" thread.

pabiro man ung style nung writing nya, serious matters naman ung ni-discuss db?ehhe :)
di ba ganun tayong pilipino, dinadaan sa biro ung mga bagay-bagay,????
at the same time, may rhyming din ung obra ni joey de leon,..
parang si rizal, dinaan nya sa nobela nya ung pagdiscuss sa nangyari sa pinas,
some, in physically involve in war,.
ung iba naman, ni-ddiscuss ung mga issue sa isang play / movies..
ung iba naman, sa mga youtube videos with explanations pa nga db?
that's basically how wonderful and amazing arts&entertainment db?
naisip ko lng..random thinking..


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Reply #14 on: Nov 18, 2013, 10:22 AM
^Sige na nga, singkit. Iibahin ko na lang ang title ng thread na ito: "Prospera's Favorite Poems"

Gawa ka na lang ng poetry thread mo, ok ba? :-)

« Last Edit: Nov 18, 2013, 10:33 AM by Prospera »


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