Bola-bola

 

humahaba ang leeg,
ang paa, ang baba…
“huwag hanapin
ang hindi nawawala…”
babala sa mga kapos
ng barya. “barya lang
po sa umaga…”

“ani kamo uli?”
pakurap mong sinabi
sa mata— patay, sindi…
“walang pasensiya.”

sa butas ng aking
mga ilong, tila naghihintay
ka ng sagot…
“pwes, manigas ka!”
sinungkit,
binilog,
pinitik…
bulaga!!!
“huwag hanapin
ang hindi nawawala…”

(May 2002)

Juan Carlo Toledo is an award-winning graphic artist by day and a poet by night. As a graphic artist, he specializes in logo and visual identity and has done work for various clients across the globe—from corporate investment groups to indie film upstarts. As a poet, he has been published in major national magazines and periodicals, both print and online. Juan Carlo played guitar for the acoustic alt duo Genius Envy before it was cool.
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