Absurdity is an apple emigrating
from the glaciers of a refrigerator:
its body its own hard knuckles
the first hour it is borne from cold.
The next time around, its skin fidgets,
loses water beads, softens like
a swollen sun, light fanning into dark
sky cottons, through & through.
The frozen fruit has its lobes to lie,
conceive a swollen heart fighting decay.
Absurdity is this: love unformed
throughout the night’s longing
for the tilting earth, yet it hardly
comes by that love’s swollen skin
survives defeat. Like an apple finally
left in the open, it can only prolong
its agony, its insides crashing first.

18 July 2019

Ian Salvaña, 23, is currently doing his MA in Political Science at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. He is formerly a faculty member of the Sociology Department of Ateneo de Davao University. He has attended several national literary workshops in the Philippines and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Brown Orient. His works appeared or are forthcoming in various literary anthologies and journals, among them Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World, Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, Eunoia Review and New Contrast.

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