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That is one question
you may never have the guts
to say out loud
here, right to my face.
You can’t fool me with your expressions.
Your eyes narrow.
Your lips purse.
I bet you’re holding back thos...
I admit that this #Covid19 pandemic is slowly draining out positive ideas from this writer’s brain. It hasn’t been easy.
Well, I hope the angle of this writing is different this time.
I remember ...
(For Michele Tambunan – December 18, 1964 – August 10, 2021)
Actually, I’d wanted to stop writing any obituaries right after this #Covid19 pandemic hit. I never even wanted to do this at first, b...
I’m beginning to feel icky – no, ickier – with the ugliness of this world lately. Social media is full of crazy people, but thankfully I can still see the good ones too. It’s a daily challenge to...
How to hold oneself,
keeping it together,
when before you they shiver?
You could be the living legend
who brings them excitement
or you could be the nightmare
their past, present, or future trial...
I don’t remember the last time I was most embarrassed. Honestly, I often try not to think about such moments. I have plenty, believe me. As a clumsy tomboy, I’ve had my share of embarrassing mome...
If age is just a number,
then why does time feel smaller?
Space is no longer
as wide as we once experienced.
Before the digits,
life seemed to give us so plenty,
that we could spare a minute
After a couple of years of heavy skepticism with romance, I decided to watch a romantic comedy again.
Okay, it was actually an accident. I finished work and the movie “Superintelligence” was on. ...
They say patience is a virtue
and fairy tales aren’t true.
There’s no such thing as ‘love at a first sight.
Such a childish mentality isn’t right.
I know we’ve just met
but there’s this feeling t...
As someone who’s romantically challenged, I never thought that I could enjoy this anthology of flash fiction. Written by Firnita Taufick, “Strings Attached” brings me back to my teenage years.
Like going out alone at night
without wearing any gloves and masks
during this pandemic era
when infection cases are sky high.
Like feeling indifferent
when the one you love
chooses another man o...
I grew up watching the original “Charmed” TV series. Piper Halliwell (Holly-Marie Combs) is my favorite character there. She’s one of the three witch sisters. She has the ability to freeze time w...
How boring is your life
On a scale of one to ten,
that you wish for an accident
but still don’t want to die?
Be very careful what you wish for.
Once it’s granted,
there’s no repeat.
You can actua...
How are we holding up these days? I know this sounds cliché, but hopefully, all of us are okay.
So, apparently #Covid19 pandemic still wants to take over the center stage of this world. There’s b...
My mother couldn’t find the words
for those strange feelings I had.
She wondered why I’d cried as a little girl
at the sight of the street beggar
covered in ghastly wounds.
My best friend was con...
Please, don’t get them wrong. You may think they’re being complicated. You might also assume that they’re being such cowards.
The truth is, it’s not always as simple and easy as a typical rom-com...
I try not to experience
your loss and sadness
as everyone moved on,
or away, not staying long.
Too many statements
that begin with:
“Once upon a time…”
“This used to be…”
“Do you remember when…?”...
I returned home one weekend to celebrate my niece Gira’s birthday. It was fun, with lots of good food and cakes. I’d played with her and her brothers too. Because of my teaching schedules on Satu...
The world outside?
It can be chaotic.
God Does What God Likes.
What we break, God May Fix
or Leave Shattered, just like that.
At least I’m safe,
also warm within.
The giant shower is on,
(*This was written on January 2021):
I must say, I used to travel alone at night, out on the road. I’ve had jobs with odd or unusual working hours.
For example, your 9-to-5 is actually my 12-to-8...
It turns out
a decade and more
are still not enough
to know you as a whole.
I can still see the beauty in your soul,
hear the gentleness in your voice.
I can even imagine your warm emb...
From the moment The Ex-Guardian saw The Mighty Queen sitting on the front porch, she’d known that she’d been dreaming. She was back in The Isolated Castle, instead of the rented room she was in.
This is why Time Machine is only fiction
You can only look back
to search for what you’ve lacked:
Words you should’ve said…
Love you should’ve shared…
The lost moments…
No second chances…
As predicted, it’s not over yet. We’ve heard the new #Covid strain in the UK. Should we call that #Covid20, then?
Nope, I’m not making a joke. That’s a serious question. You don’t need to answer ...
I’ve decided to keep my old vow
that I shall never love
anyone like I’ve loved you.
No, please don’t say ‘wow’.
I don’t mean it as a compliment.
There’s still a lot about me, oblivious to you.