• Two Poems

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    Way Past

    600 million people in Southeast Asia
    Alone. Sitting on the reference of having had enough

    Independence, heroes recalled by the truckload,
    Rope nets draped over scalps and collar bones,

    ILLUSTRATION BY PERRY GIL S. MALLARI

    Among the many siestas bought and sold,
    Our bread and the uniform

    Toddlers rolling their way. Home in whose
    Thought: such a crisis sunk right between

    Pop songs. Liable to flag under the age of 65.
    Evac margins signal how you get to push, like

    Are these recreational,
    Kicking doors in as warranted

    By the hardware desiring
    comparative readings of hinge strength. Imports

    Too brittle for a standard screw. A list of premature
    Caskets attributed to the non-communicable

    Unfolds, comes in through the back,
    Up the misted windows also why,

    If you can’t help it. One in every thirteen
    Retrieved from the bikes before the age of 60.

    * * *

    Surface Tension

    Ballerina falls into overlaps.
    Her stream of questions set off by a fluency.

    “Sick Woman with 45 seats and one teacher’s knife.”
    It’s a regular mean erasure,

    but specificity dyed my reason.
    I got a pedicure because I wanted excess as it “destroys
    taste for milder courses like automotive and baking.
    These dismal statistics should be enough to push the no,

    maybe avoid it?”
    There is a noun their bodies together form.

    Instead, certain subjects sent a machine for making dough,
    but it was silent on its own.

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