Ladlad

By Troy Cabida

Noun. From Tagalog meaning — unfolded; spreading out on a surface; to come out;

and the nearest translation I find is sharp,

translates to you stretching

out of yourself, your wrists bending

at the sides of a box struggling to contain this revelation.

It dictates that youre not allowed to simply pass through

but fall from somewhere high, once comfortable,

a reminder that you are porcelain, unpolished quartz,

your sense of man cracked for wanting man

as if it wants to say

you deserve all that is twisting at your heart,

all that is crushing into your torso.

© 2019 harana poetry

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