“Could you please go fetch–,” Mrs. Bautista coughed and paused her stirring. “–barb for me, please.”
“Uh, sure po,” I replied, returning her smile with a shaky one of my own. As I made a show of swiveling around, I stole a glance over her shoulder and spied a plate of chopped potatoes and carrots next to the stove. Ah, rhubarb! That was a vegetable, I reasoned as I made my way to the vegetable garden at the back of their house. But what did it look like?
It was late Saturday morning and the fifth time in the last hour that Mrs. Bautista had asked me to fetch something for her dish. The responsibility had been handed to me because Joseph, my best friend and her son, had left to pick up some shallots (whatever those were) from the convenience store. Heaven knew that only made me wish harder for his speedy return.
“You know, recently, I’ve been tempted to call people dolts or dunces when they do stupid things,” I admit. Sam, my best friend and fellow bibliophile, laughs. “Those books are getting to you,” she concludes, referring to the historical fiction novels I’ve been reading lately. “It’s not even the books!” I protest. “The books make me… Continue reading Archaic Name-Calling (Literary Affliction #1)
The gentle words Have done their job The flutter of My heart has stopped Eon that was Three months of wait Tired tension yields To strange, new pain While pulp punctured By jarring stab I’d understand Instead, I am A crumpled wad Dropped quietly A puddle on A rainy street The miry wet Seeps slowly… Continue reading Oxford: a poem
“What’d you get?” mom asks. My younger brother silently holds up a copy of Debra Fine’s The Fine Art of Small Talk. I begin to explain his book choice, but my youngest brother beats me to it. “So he can become a better conversa-” “So he can become a better socialist.”
Black lines On white space Feel the rhythm Of ink on a page Write the time Today’s date ‘It’s been a while’ I’ve so much to say Black lines Like window bars Hear the pain Better than ears Know the gush Of drops undone Salty, warm Better than anyone I began writing this back in September,… Continue reading The Journal: a poem
Behold: blackout poetry! I came across some pieces on Pinterest today and, after doing some research, fell in love with the idea. Artist and writer Austin Kleon created the process and calls it “poetry made by redacting the words in a text with a permanent marker, leaving behind only a few choice words to make a poem” Box the words… Continue reading When Marker Meets Newspaper
I’m so glad they were given a special reason to smile today! Kudos to Pacman and those who made the screening of his fight in Tacloban possible. How wonderful to see a little thoughtfulness go a long way! I hope they know we continue to pray for them.
You were so beautiful, Lola. Your love, selflessness and patience were never absent; not once in my life did I see you get mad. In so many ways, it was so difficult. I have yet to experience anything more emotionally painful than this night, twelve months ago. But I know, at least, that you are… Continue reading For Lola, A Year Later
Peanut butter and I go way back. A family favorite, I grew up eating the stuff. If there was ever one bread spread we couldn’t go without in the house, that was it. Back in my elementary days, whenever hunger struck in the midst of doing homework, peanut butter sandwiches were the go-to snack.