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When Our Color Turns Gray

mixedWe were born white 
or black
or yellow
or brown
or red.

Different skin
Different hair
Different height
Different sizes
…but the same species –
HUMAN.

We all shall live.
… to grow
… to dream
… to triumph
… to fail
… to laugh
… to cry
… to love

But we all shall die…

The amount of melanin
That creates the illusion
Of whiteness, blackness, yellowness, brownness, or redness
Will not prevent us from dying.

We all shall die!
From ashes we came
to ashes we return.
And ashes are neither red
… nor brown
… nor yellow
… nor black.
Definitely, it’s not white.
It’s gray.

Oh C.M.

love-of-coffee1You’re strong,
but sweet.
Very sweet!
You lift me up.
You make my heart beat fast…
You gave me sleepless nights.

They say you’re no good for me.
Thus I tried hard to avoid you,
against my will.

I succeeded!!!

But just briefly,
Because one day… that familiar scent,
Shattered the promise I made,
To never fall again under your addicting spell.

So down I went to the coffee shop,
Where I first met you.
I was excited oh C.M.,
To have my soul,
Enslaved again by your fullness…
Twisted by your sweetness.

There in the coffeehouse
I told the server
“C.M. please!”
“And what’s that sir?” She asked.
“Caramel Macchiato!!!” I replied.

Salamin

mirror 2Aking salaming nakasabit sa dingding,
Samo ko ay laging ibulong sa akin,
Na dungis ng iba, bago  ko punahin,
Uling sa mukha ko dapat ay  linisin.

Turuan mo nga akong maghunos-dili,
Na h’wag perpekto kung tignan ang sarili.
Pagsabihan ako na h’wag magmapuri,
Isiping ako ma’y pwedeng magkamali.

Sabihin mong wala akong karapatan
Na kapwa ko tao ay aking pulaan,
Dahil ako ma’y maraming kakulangan –
Pagkatao ko’y tadtad sa kapintasan.

Sa tuwing kita’y lalapitan sa dingding,
Paalalahanan ako oh salamin
Na sariling buhay ko’y dapat ayusin
At h’wag buhay ng may buhay ang punahin.

Sana’y tulungan mo akong unawain,
Na oras akin lamang sasayangin
Kung kakulangan ng iba’y laging papansinin
At pagkakamali nila ang laging hahanapin.

Pilitin mo namang ituro sa akin
Na galit sa puso’y hindi ko kimkimin,
Na inggit sa limot lagi kong ilibing,
Na kapwa-tao’y lagi kong unawain.

Oh salamin ako’y paalalahanan
Na dapat saliksiki’y tamang katwiran
Na kung tamang landas… aking dadaanan
Panginoong Diyos ako’y gagabayan.

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