Anino / Shadow

ang anino mo’y nag-mistulang
higanteng nakayuko.

ni gabi o ang mga ulap
ang sanhi.

sa bawa’t apak
na mariing kumakayod
sa lupa, at sa pawis na namumuo
sa iyong nakakunot na noo;
hindi ka lilingon.

hindi ka lumilingon.

ika’y palayo.

palayo sa liwanag
na dati ay nagpapa-alala

sa iyo

na ikaw ay nabubuhay.

(Rough Translation)

your shadow resembles
a shrugging gian
t.
Neither the night or the clouds
are the reason.

For every time
you dig your heel,
grinding in to the ground
for every bead of sweat on your frown:
You do not look back.

You will not look back.

You move away.

Away from the light
that used to remind…

You…

That you were alive.

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