vis-à-vis

only asked to silence the question
winding like the tail of a snake
about to strike

only stated a partial explanation
to quieten the cynical grins
of disbelief

only hung on with the hope of closure
tattered ends like worn out shoes
on a sage’s wall

only created an impression of joy
while beneath the clay thickened
sculpting a tomb

Fatalistic

Whether the stars disintegrate
The earth spins off its axis
Thrown to the ends of space
A lifeless rock
Aimless

Whether everything we say and do
All our passioned moments and rage
Collective burnt offerings like ashes
To gods that men have drawn and idolized
Timeless

Whether my love is wasted or found wanting
Two steps back to watch the carnage begin
Our lives entangled in the strings we knot
Tighter like nooses around our necks
To drag us to the gates of Hades

If it be so
So be it

Flesh

Bodies everywhere
Thin, fat, flawed, fit, firm
If the body is the vessel
Is the mind the soul?

Tattooed bodies, pierced bodies, plain bodies
Hot bodies, sensitive bodies, lukewarm bodies

More similarities than difference
Minute intricacies that defeat
The purpose of clothes

Some want to expose
Some need to impose
their mark on their selves
the chi flows

Through skin, tissue, and bone
Words slice and leave no trace
While bullets puncture and shatter
An affectionate touch seeps

Elevate

Emotion
Begin without expectation
Driven without aggression
Heaven without conditions
Listen without interpretation

Rhythm
Accept without question
Respect without motivation
Select without suggestion
Direct without conviction

Vision
Create without limitation
Persuade without provocation
Venerate without subjugation
Emancipate without segregation

Hallow

Awoke on a shore of fear
Soaked in the shame of memories
Broken glass drowns sensitivity
No escape in sight

Built a tent of endurance
Hung on weaknesses denied
Crushed glass to reflect the stars
Stood up to fight

Slept while the earth convulsed in rage
Transforming the hierarchy to peers
Muting and blinding the harsh
Cradling a remnant of light

Connect

There’s something unexplainable about human existence that makes us want to willingly make someone we desire happy. It might be a person who shocks us and makes us rethink our lifestyle, or it might be someone who makes us dream of building a house and planting a garden.

Whatever it is, it fills our minds with dreams inspired by novels and movies that we cherish.

I’ve always pictured living in a small cottage, “far from the madding crowd,” with someone who would sing for me as she tidied the house and wink at me across a crowded room. Part homely and naughty. It’s probably just a reflection of how I see myself.

That imagery is straight out of a Thomas Hardy set with Victorian frocks and gentlemen on horses who had pistol duels. Perhaps, I picture myself as a hero who whisks his lover away from a villain.

As exciting as that may sound, shooting someone does not bide well with the long arm of the law.

It’s more realistic to meet someone while you are going about your daily routine and start from there. How the story plays out is always a surprise because matters of the heart are unpredictable.

It is wiser to tread carefully and never expect someone to fit our fantasies. The best relationships are the ones that occur naturally without too much interference.

It might not be the fireworks that you always dreamed of, but it will be true.

Hannibal Lecter Would’ve Been Pleased

It started like every other calamity does
Human negligence
No, this was not a screwup at a secret scientific lab
Nor was it a chemical weapon
developed by aliens

Some high-flying socialite sunbathed on a beach in Koh Samui too long
And her skin turned a rare pink
Some starved dogs mistaking her for a snack
Pounced and tore her to shreds

The cops were called to the scene
and managed to execute the woman-eating hounds
but one escaped

It hid under a tarp, in a boat until nightfall
And unwisely, illegally crossed the border
into Cambodia

It wasn’t long before it landed on the wrong side
of the food chain
and was served to a group of drunken men
with a side of “Bok Trop Pgnon”
That’s pounded eggplant dip for the monolinguals

The transformation wasn’t instant
but over time
These men began craving human flesh
And the geography and sociology of their circumstance was such that
that was in excess

Southeast Asia succumbed in a matter of weeks
The undead opened street stalls and sold “real” meat
for a buck
Contrary to popular beliefs, zombies are frugal

Some regions in places like India
with their aversion to flesh
managed to hold off the wave of terror
for a while
Consuming greens and legumes
but their reserves soon ran out
and the zombies feasted

The surprise came a few months into the bloodbath
You see, animals had turned
They no longer had to deal with weapons
so humans became fast-food
The irony was priceless

Sun burn woman
Become food for pack of dogs
That eventually got served on a plate
And like the last supper
It came as no surprise
When vegans realized the truth
Everyone’s game

Flit

Once
I believed I had it all figured out
That all the pieces would fall into place
Every risk would be a test
Of trust

Once
I loved despite the flaws
Overcame my pride
Set my ego aside
To trust

Once
I took on the world
Ignorant of the obstacles
Facing resistance with a smile
In trust

Once
I thought I would never change
I’d walk through the fire unscathed
Emerge from my shell and soar
With trust

Once
I understood what I had to be
Until the signs lost their meaning
In providence, my life I could no longer
entrust

inspirit

What wasn’t asked
Shall never be known
What wasn’t felt
Shall never be shown
What was taken
Without return
What was lost
Cannot be relearned

What was assumed
But not proven
What was hidden
To avoid confrontation
What was feared
Kept us from living
What was destined
Cannot be unwritten

Trifles

All our might and glory
Quantum physics and string theory
Credit scores and carbon footprints
Etiquette and gender politics
Moral codes and principles
Will one day cease

To exist
We have disfigured the source
Drunk the rivers and wells dry
Torn down forests and wiped out species
Poisoned the air and possessed what was free
In a futile conquest

That will eventually fade
Can’t wait