because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse


three days ago in a southern town
which never saw snow, two inches
fell through the bewilderment of
a false spring; a young mother
devoured the bodies of her-not-quite-still
pups and the chanak screamed into the void
left by a depleted heart,
his eyes the milky color of guilt unborn.

snow steps

*”chanak” (also tyanak, tianak) is a creature from Filipino folklore, which, according to some, represents the malicious spirit of aborted infants and is said to prey on birthing mothers/newborn babies.

2 responses

  1. This is errie and spooky…Very cool

    March 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  2. Eygló Daða

    Eerie and I liked it.

    March 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm


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