in memoriam

you watch her heaving chest   where you once lay   sleeping

hoping for it to last   & you keep on thinking of the times

when she left   & came back for you   crying on the first day

of kindergarten   … more »

People often define themselves by what they are and what they can do. The last dinner party conversation you had probably went something like this:

Hey, I’m ___. I’m a lawyer. Or a doctor, or an engineer, or a dentist, more »

Pritong isda smells foreign to my friends. Scales flaked off with a cleaver, gutted to its eyeballs, fried in a pan with rice until the smells — residual oil dripping off crispy hardened morsels, used the night before to fry … more »