Friday, February 4, 2011


Last stanza from Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

It was exactly a year ago and it was 5 AM; we were on the train station where an old woman kneeled by the edge of the platform as she took out mangoes from her groceries. She was counting and I counted with her.

A train passed by as words were uttered. I thanked you for the nice evening and I like you, really, maybe we should take this forward but whatever it is you replied, my mind insists on a sudden gust, rush of air that had already eaten your words.

The only thing that’s left vivid is the color of flowers that you had drawn on a milk carton, lost in the flood long time ago. I couldn’t be sure now. True. But what other color do flowers have in this season? On the other hand, how many mangoes was it again? Nine, I think. Weren’t you there too, did the guard took notice, and had he his whistle in his mouth as our foot strayed on the same yellow the mangoes were balanced precariously on?

I open my eyes and the night moves in with its uncertainties: toppled stacks of books, wall cracks innumerable under the moon, broken lines of thought. It’s you, and a not you, at the same time I conceive of.



  1. emotional depth at its finest. rife with longing and melancholic charm. i'm hooked. :)

  2. hehe eric, i'm flattered naman, thanks a!

  3. Aleph - you gotta meet eric in person. he's cute, certified by yours truly :)

  4. what kilala mo sya migs?? whohohoa. di pa sya ever nagpunta sa parties?
    ikaw na, directory ka ng cuties ahaha.

  5. bakit may ganto... hahaha. nahiya naman ako lol. pero oo tama ka aleph, i can vouch for that. its a known fact. directory nga yan. catalogue pa nga eh. hahahaha.

  6. What is it with the homos and the drama? I like it though.

    Cheers Aleph! Muahness from Pasig Citehh!

  7. ditto. imho, very well-written indeed. :)

    what's with the new profile pic though? wala lang, napansin ko lang. haha!

  8. Thanks a lot Momel & Allan!
    Ah wala naman with the prof pic change ahaha, para lang may bago kaunti kaunti.

    Happy Valentines sating lahat!

  9. I had to look for Billy Collins before reading everything again.

  10. first love ko sa poetry si Billy Collins. very accessible, saka i like his light humor.:-)