work in progress

Work in prog·ress noun an unfinished project that is still being added to or developed. “the book itself is still a work in progress” (in accounting) the total value of the materials and labor for unfinished projects. “the board had estimated the value of its work in progress” How about in real life? Can you…

Vertigo

I can barely open my eyes And the rectangular lamps that hang above me, promptly providing light are only making it worse The loud bantering of people nearby are like a series of thunder in a sudden downpour I want to just crawl, hide, cowl in the darkness Take a deep sought-after breath, close my…

Sanitize

I wake up and my hands wake up with me I work, and yes, they work with me The right writes endless strokes and dotted lines Smoothly glides the tip of my pen against the vast white paper on my desk It turns every page I lay my eyes on And closes anything that needs…

In The Next Room, or the vibrator play: A Review

In The Next Room, or the vibrator play written by Sarah Ruhl tackles issues ― both marital and health thereof, in a tastefully comedic approach. The stage play takes us to 1880 where fashion was governed by intricate layers of clothing consisting of corsets and crinolines with matching fancy hats. Electricity was ushered to viability…

Jitters

Every year since I finished high school, around March and April, I get constantly bothered by an uneasy feeling. I usually get fast and hard thumps on my chest and a troubled tummy. I get anxious, nervous, and fearful that something bad is about to happen even when there’s none. It has become so much…

No More

I don’t think you have even the slightest idea How much I hurt How difficult it is to move on from the past Because the pain, the pain you caused persists No matter how many times I try and pick myself up The countless times I tried to disguise tears with laughter And the endless…

Hope

I gaze upon a bed of darkness Only when I squint do I see a bit of twinkling Each glitter a reminder of dreams and hopes Each weak flicker whispering to take a firm grip and hold on. I stretch and reach for one, as if it were near I take hold and open my…

Our Horizon

Hi, have we met before? Maybe not. Maybe not yet. Either you are not yet in the horizon, or you have been just around the corner the whole time but you have not come to take notice of me in a special way. I hope to meet you soon. I can patiently wait for that…

If You Have Nothing Nice To Say…

Mom and I had our haircuts the other day. While I was having mine, and mom was waiting for me, an elderly lady came in and started chatting up my stylist. When she noticed my very short hair (I now have a pixie with an undercut), she asked my mom, “Lalaki ba yang anak mo?“(Is…

In Time

More often than not, all it takes is a string of troubles in our lives to happen first before something significant comes along. We ultimately will get to the best part, the question however is when. Expediting things is rather tempting; we recklessly decide and execute. If the outcome is not what we have conceived…

My 5PM Sober Thoughts

This time of the day, specifically on lazy weekends, is when I like to peek outside and gaze at the orange-blended skies ushering the dusk. You know for certain that the Sun is setting gracefully in the western horizon. Not too hot and humid nor too cold, the laid back ambiance of dusk is close…