Tribute to Michael, Christine, and John

Swimming in emptiness
a distinct space
of sparkling existence
A mother’s womb
Sanctuary for the unborn
But now listen to voiceless screams
tearless crying
something so fragile
hurting without understanding
pain, overwhelming feeling
of destruction
Who could deprive them
of sights to see,
music to hear, love that heals
A woman? A man?
No one.

Julie Ann Sempio lives in the Philippines. She is currently enrolled at the University of the Philippines.