For S.

who so longed
to see words breaking
bones, unfleshed
in the bold move to finally un-blank
piles of papers, raw, smooth,
like the creases of your smile,
of your head on top of brows
the other enduring a cut,
line breaks of a poem, epics
drawing chapters mindlessly

Let me study you
in the pages of a life
I’m about to write, a sonata
of melodies avoiding verses,
of music that writhes
with words unspeakable,
searching for their own sounds,
unnamed names,
of love that knows no form,
no prose tamable
by the most keen of readers.

Empty me
of grief of finding you,
your name inside mine
resting a patient rest, un-leaving
in silence, digging a tomb
within my own fiction.
Let me keep you, just this once,
the skin of my secrets,
a novel tucked away
for you to not read, not know
that you have been the mirror
of my hope all along.

21 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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