Weds. & a struggle

Never an expletive (in mint condition): Nagsasawa ka na ba?*
From the mouth of decadence, the idea of fish balls
                                    & tall tales in the streets. From research-groomed
Quemada dream, a glowing inner circle
                                                            of niceness. From media
to self irrealis & ungrammatical, a bruise
in history-making. From
the R-establishments once called a “(r)ehab”, the “first light”,
“systems spidering”, at the edge
of thirty an ice cream never is, & once more,
                                                                        dirtied; you & I
Wednesdays & a struggle
keeping company
in a small (lonely) drugstore
                                                behind town.

*A trite Filipino expression meaning “Are you sick of things?”

Lawdenmarc Decamora holds an MFA in creative writing and is currently finishing his MA in literary and cultural studies. He is a literature professor in the oldest existing Catholic university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas. His literary work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cordite Poetry Review, The Ilanot Review, Kartika Review, Spittoon Literary Magazine, Peacock Journal, TAYO Literary Magazine, We Are A Website, The Pangolin Review, LONTAR, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Transpacific Literary Project, Rambutan Literary, Shot Glass Journal, Ginosko Literary Journal, Mad Swirl, Chrome Baby, New Southerner, In Between Hangovers, Panoplyzine, The Cadaverine, and many others. He lives in the Philippines.

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