“Central Visayan Mountain Range, Philippines 1945” by Angela Peñaredondo

when hiding from enemies
at least one dream away from

machines & from bodies that do not sleep that he drags

his thumb along his lover’s smudged chin, notices his face
bathed earthen

 

the trees once giants, are giants again he tells the moon they

come savage and without undoing

 

after a grenade falls a fresh cavity in the ground appears as a

nest and he wishes his own children to forget him            they

will be the lucky ones        to live        enemies must believe

him gone

 

they are not from these caves dear santos dear virgen evoke

what luz perpetual dear palmettos & salt water be all and his

     mouth too

 

his lover lies down wet ground speaking only what he knows

dripping face the shrapnel moon          he whispers his want
to dissolve like this in ferns

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