Category Archives: Poetry

‘Silent Light’ – In honour – The Philippines

Thank you for this. Let us remember, let us learn, let us rise from all of this …

Monster

I do not say the right things,

And I have accidentally mastered

The art of awkward silences,

But I am not your monster

 

I cry, I sulk and weep, and grumble and swear,

There are even times

I could honestly say

“I hate you”

But I am not your monster

 

Do not bind me

Or burden me

With the millstones

Of my shortcomings

I am not perfect

I am not the all-knowing sage

or

The all-conquering warrior

I am scared

I am lonely

I am miserable

but

I am not your monster …

 

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Artwork by Toby Allen

 

© Text copyright by Patricia Acevedo 2013

Flight

Take flight – two words, two meanings

 

One flees towards the obscure jungle

and hides in the soft trembling darkness

of stubbornly unseeing eyes

wishing, wishing …

While the other one soars high, high, high …

Gazing at the magnifying whiteness

Encompassing, revealing …

Then finally, seeing …

Everything is in plain sight

Show yourself …

 

hiding

 

© Patricia Acevedo

 

agonia

Gnawing, howling …

The worm of despair

Gnawing, howling …

It tore a hole in the middle of my chest

Gnawing, howling …

After devouring my left ventricle

Gnawing, howling …

It gains its strength from words

like

“You’ll never be good enough!”

or

“You think so highly of yourself, don’t you?”

or

“Don’t you ever THINK – at all?!!”

or even

“You simply don’t CARE!!!”

stop

stop it, worm

“I SAID STOP!!!”

© 2013 by Patricia Acevedo

“Payslip” by John Robert Luna

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To whatever writing instrument I use …

You demand to be released

And never let it rest until

you leave me with no other choice

But when you do

I can’t help but notice

Your obsessive fondness

For long departures …

 

Library Public Computer Keyboard

Library Public Computer Keyboard (Photo credit: rosefirerising)

© 2013 by Patricia Acevedo

First step …

And so, it begins …

The first step that I was afraid to take before

The hardest thing to do was done …

And

God willing

May we all live to endure and see

The last step …

© Copyright 2013 by Patricia Acevedo