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The youngest child

I hear them fighting through the floor
I hear the cries and shouts and more
I sit here silent, meek and mild
Quiet watcher, youngest child

I’ve even seen them come to blows
Why they do this, no one knows
Who cares whoever comes out on top
I want them to stop. I want them to stop.

When tomorrow comes no one remembers
The fiery blaze now dulling embers
But I, the silent, meek and mild,
I remember. – The youngest child.

The eldest one is made of ice,
The middle one of fire.
And I, the youngest, realize
That I embody water.

The eldest one is made of ice,
The middle one of flame.
And I, the youngest, realize
That I will never be the same.

Original:

The eldest one is made of ice,
The middle one of fire.
And I, the youngest, realize
That I am made of water.

The eldest one is made of ice,
The middle one of flame.
And I, the youngest, realize
That I will never be the same.

Planner poetry

I’m up to here with things to do
  And buried under data
The notes I keep all filed away,
  The tasks—I’ll do them later.

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+1 to put things off a day,
  Tomorrow: work ’til all is done,
Today I can relax—but then
  Tomorrow’ll never come.

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My webpage looks impressive, sure,
  But check a few days later.
The same tasks appear. I know,
  I’m such a procrastinator.

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Tanaga: Siopao

My first tanaga. Please help me fix my Tagalog; I might’ve gotten some
of the nuances wrong. The poem below is fairly sick. I hope this never
happens to any cat!

Siopao

pusang aking inangkin
hinagkan nang malambing,
siniopao at kinain?!
iba sana hinain!

Buhayin ang Tanaga!

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Pusa sa Kalye

hindi ko malimutan
pusang nasagasaan
tatlong kuting sa daan
wala nang mapuntahan

- More tanaga. Waah, poor cats. 2005.03.19

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Bituin

bituin daw kanyang mata.
rosas daw kanyang labi.
mukha raw s’yang diwata.
ay! baliw yung nagsabi!

ABAB rhyming this time.

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Traffic

Nagje-jaywalk na suso
Nakita ko sa Quiapo
Kay bilis nyang tumakbo
Naunahan pa ako

Thanks to Clair for getting tanaga into my head (I have Last Challenge
Syndrome, like LSS) and my mom for suggesting Quiapo instead of Recto. =)

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