That elusive hash brown drowned in melancholia

Today was no different from the previous days of the past weeks. Nothing new, nothing remarkable. Not even a single second offered a chance to break the monotony. Why then do I now feel that there was something today that I should have noticed; should have remembered? It wasn’t the book I read, nor was […]

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Alas-kwatro sa hapon

Alas kwatro sa hapon, nagkita na sad ta. Layo pa mo daan ang akong mata di na ma-ibot sa imong nawng. Ang ulan, walay hunong sa iyang paghalok sa yutang inyong gilakwan. Nagdali-dali mo sa inyong paglakaw, naghinaot nga dili unta kaayo mabasa. Sa pag-abot ninyo sa Mister Donut dayon nimong gitan-aw ang likod sa […]

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There was this fly that pretended to be a rainbow

For the past 3 months I allowed work to suck me dry. Then, this week, I finally closed that damn project and got the chance to suck back. And oh hell yeah am I gonna feckin suck ’em dry. No sexual connotations by the way. So yeah, I’m back. And I owe you guys a […]

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On roaches and self-discipline

Ok-ok ra jud ang tambal sa biga. A few minutes ago, as I was going down the stairs for my smoke break, three absolutely adorable cockroaches in a beautifully synchronized movement flew right at me. With the agility and reflexes of a drunkard, I snapped my head to the side to avoid them, effectively banging […]

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That white kettle pretending to be black

I want to stop. See people again. For who they are, what they are. Not as blurs racing past, nor as mere mile markers in a Disneyfied journey. I want to see the defiance in their eyes. That look of utter rage, as eloquent as classical poetry, as timeless as inherent anarchy. I want to […]

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No blue skies

There is no such thing as the truth. The world is flat; humans don’t need oxygen; and the earth is the center of the solar system. Dragons, the winged and fire-breathing kind, did exist. So did unicorns and care bears. Politicians never lie, they just want to be politically correct. Left-handed people aren’t really left-handed, […]

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Reflections of a poetry victim

Words, without fire, are meaningless. As empty, as bereft, as pointless as a vulture’s wail of lament. Words are meant to move mountains, to shatter chains and break cages. When storms rage, words placate and soothe and invite serenity. When all else seems bleak and hopeless, words give strength and courage to face demons. When […]

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The prophecy

Once upon a time, in a land far, far from my heart, a headless chicken stalked a hapless fox. None of the villagers really knew from where came the chicken, or how she happened to be in such a state. All that was known, as far as they’re concerned, was that the chicken arrived at […]

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Make believe, make me believe

The night’s darkness seem to swallow all shadow around me as I stood mute and immobile, huddled underneath the awning. Rain lashed fiercely, buffeted by winds unsure of their direction, as if daring me to come out and face it. Lightning flashed every now and then, but the thunder was hesitant. I was grateful for […]

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I want to live in Mars

I want to be the first to migrate to Mars, and work as an ice cream vendor there. I want to be the first to plant a coconut tree, live in an igloo-shaped house, and persuade Martians to buy cosmetic products. I want to scale its grand canyons, search for the elusive ice caps, and […]

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