by Lawdenmarc Decamora
Long afternoons, long lovely hours. Big start
with you is like heaven: to mention
one thing in the overcast, seconds to ash,
is the feeling
corkscrewing above my heart,
as if a fanfare blowing
to the silver trees
of many shapes
forming beyond what is outward
but dear bread moving
lights into your past
then back to your singular now: love.
I drink in—Dude! More hope, like summer,
And the glowworms, a minute
of swarm-word I can dig up loose,
let an impulse shimmer
a wind-hung letter
winging similar paths,
tinkered time, or the same-you
same-me episode of memories
the weather, the sun birds,
these peregrine details lifting
off the veils of our murmur souls.
Beginnings are stories undeserving
of a famed taste of sorrow. Dark linen,
a slow approval gathering
decorated for an invisible city,
my pillow-fold room. Horizonward:
I feel febrile music
roll over coffee lovers’
conversation, threadbare moments
on their wispy trail flare out
with the life and lushness of skin,
water for something to start anew.
The eventide looms ahead of us—darkening
in the haze, ever the same. Tomorrow
will be so close to home.
how it beautifully repeats in my brain,
lingers, charms the dust.
Even the follicled skepticism
of the multiverse toward Jar Jar Binks. Later the morning
will remove the lunar shade: a sweet decay
in all sci-fi movies.
Dude! we will call
ourselves, so our names
will be history
amid the constant lash of light.
Lawdenmarc Decamora is taking his MA in literary and cultural studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. He holds an MFA in creative writing and has been a fellow of regional and national creative writing and criticism workshops, such as Faigao, Lamiraw, Pamiyabe, Iligan, and KRITIKA. His literary works were published in Mad Swirl (Texas), TAYO Literary Magazine (Issue 5), WE ARE A WEBSITE Literary & Art Journal (Singapore), Cruising Magazine of Manila Bulletin, To Voice My Own, Paper Monster Press, PAMIYABE Literary Anthology, and BUKAMBIBIG Issue One: “Crowds”. He has also presented research papers in various national and international conferences. He is currently a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas and a research fellow of the university’s Research Centre for Culture, Arts and Humanities (RCCAH).