The corridors began to shout echoes, piercing even to this room. Both boo’s and ah’s are reeling me. I’ve got to finish this quickly, I pulled bone after bone, off the skin and each other. I snapped and sawed until what’s left is a vessel.
I am a letter scrolled inside a bottle, or maybe I am the bottle that carries it. The waves are all that I can be assured of.
Isang manok na hindi tumitilaok, ngunit ito ay tumatalon-talon. ‘Nok” ang tawag niya dito.
“Bukas daw, bawal na ang maramihan sa palengke, dapat paisa-isa na lamang tapos may oras pa.” habang ang kape sa aking tukador ay hinablot. “Kagaya na din tayo as Maynila, iyong nasa balita - Lockdown!”
Once there was a girl, “Daisy”, called her mother. Born in a town, with nothing in particular, Houses and streets, not a thing is peculiar. But the girl. Yes, that girl! Unlike the town; born she was. She was particular, surely peculiar. Has a hair, long and rare.
After the attack, the earth seems to came to a halt and the people, survivors, crawled together. That is when they came, different shapes and sizes. Picking off weeds that was left when the forest was burned down.
Sabi nila, "Ok ka na sana eh", kaso daw masyadong mahaba ang aking baba. Mangga. Noong bata pa ako iniiyakan ko 'to sa aking ina. Ang gusto ko sanang marinig: "Maganda ka naman sa aking paningin". Pero ang sabi ni inay, "Nene, manang-mana ka talaga sa ama mo, ma-baba".
We stayed. Silent as the ocean succumbs the sun hiding it beneath its depths. The darkness replaced it. But, I don’t see darkness the same as before. It is as pretty as the lit-up sky earlier. I feel crazy smiling on my own, as both of us are still standing in the middle of an empty beach.
Sundan ang unang pangyayari sa: Ang Unang Beses Bukas ng umaga ihahatid na namin si Nelly sa estasyon ng bus pa-Maynila. Bukas ng umaga lulubog na ang aking araw. Kung dati ay bakasyon lamang, ngayon pangmatagalan na. Wala na ‘kong magagawa, katulad ng dati. Kahit kailan naman ata?
Kahit na kami’y nagkakilala sa mensahe lamang.. Sigurado ako, mahal ko, mahal ako. ‘di baling nagkakilala sa malayo. Alam kong tadhana ang magtatagpo.