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“Ode to Lakapati”

                “Lakapati, pakanin mo yaring alipin mo; huwag mong gutumin.”                     “Lakapati, feed thy servant; let him not hunger.”                   — ancient supplication, once proclaimed before

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“Ghazal for Girl”

when my mother says I am a universe in the shape of a girl it is to say I inherit her chemical tears        a moon-sad girl star-blossoms sprout from my eyes        perfumed black holes I swallow dark matter