• POEMS BY DENNIS ANDREW S. AGUINALDO

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    Little Histories

    At the end of time,
    God spoke with Solomon.

    “What’s the best thing in
    life? Wisdom, or youth?”

    “Youth,” said the king.

    “Wise answer,” said God, clasping
    the lock of the toy box.

    Solomon said, “I would have given
    that same word were I still young.”

    “Back then, the word would’ve been

    a foolish thing to say.”
    “And do I not belong inside?”
    Solomon asked,
    pointing at the cosmos-in-the-box.

    “You do.”
    God handed him the box,
    wiped His hands, and left

    the grey king forever
    in the black without a key.

    * * *
     
    2013

    Beyond the jagged line of the year
    is you and me abandoned to

    Laughing about it;
    the backhoes are having their say

    As we speak, the jackhammers,
    men with kerchiefs for mouths.

    Good as new. Able to
    withstand. The future / our duty.

    What for?
    Was it not the taller question

    Back in the day? And might yet grow,
    your hand in mine, your other

    Elbow tucked in the corner of the window sill,

    Behind us the children, the
    judgment of their faces asleep.

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