Poetry Submission: ‘Pagtanggap’

by Michelle Tatoy Sila’y mga tao din, dumarami’t kumakalat. Inaakala ng nakararami ito’y karamdaman— pinangdirian at kinamuhian, pinagkaitan ng kalayaan, pinagtulakan at tinapakan, luha’y naging basehan ng katapangan. Pinairal ng lipunan: Makikitid na pag unawa’y naging boses ng mamamayan Basehan na ba ng katapangan ang panlalamang? Sila’y bahagi rin nitong perlas ng silanganan Buksan ang pinto ng pagunawa’t awa ‘Wag pagkaitan ng pagtanggap. Tuparin ang kahilingan, makabagwis ang isipan ituring na bahagi nitong ating lipunan. ☁ Some parts have been revised in this version with permission from the writer. Want to submit your poetry, fiction, comics or art? Click here…

Poetry Submission: ‘My Polaris’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   It all happened like this: The night sky requested someone So it’ll no longer be alone.   And then there you came.   You became The Star In the darkest of days. You became Daylight Through the blackest of heavens.   It all happened like this: A “being” wished to have someone So that he will no longer be alone.   And then, there you came.   I tried to reach you, Hoping that someday you’ll fall. And then, I’ll catch you.   But no, I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t take you away from the…

Poetry Submission: ‘Unwritten Love Letters’

by Christian Loid Valenzuela   I. It’s a cold evening. My love’s warmer than coffee— I take a pen and write.   I pour my heart into this drastic art— forming words into letters to converse with my inners, a lover; a giver; a carer— a bearer.   II. Every pierce to my heart reminds me of you— Letting it break repeatedly. But I know it will soon end, Just wait for me to decide to let go of you.   Jinx is a curse Of course, made by yours— Until I realized that we are separated and scattered. After…

Poetry Submission: ‘All These To You’

by KC Bernardo In the midst of my goodbye, must I see Your face a picture of sorrow and pain, And your eyes filled with anxiety? But if you would hate me, let my heart be slain I will go, my love, and bid my last.   But before I leave, dear one, must you know That I’ll be back sooner thus end your angst. And that all these to you I bestow Must I turn my back when this dream is for you— This dream that has given meaning to my life?   Thus I ask, my lovely love, do…

Poetry Submission: ‘Let Me’

by Ivan Arbizo; art by Japhet Paypa As I gazed upon your eyes, I thought I would find that beautiful paradise, Where love can truly suffice. Yet everything was a lie. Those empty words Made me believe you were my world, Embracing your perfect imperfections. Realized it was all deception. Accustomed to your resplendent lightness, Let me move into your darkness Let me fix your broken art. Let me melt your frozen heart. ☁

Poetry Submission: ‘Bedtime Stories’

by KC Bernardo; art by Drae Latorre In my dreams, Everything is real Possible And within reach   I lock these precious thoughts. In jars for safekeeping; Sealed with hope in twisted knots. When doubt starts creeping, Fear begin to flow like streams And when Faith, to a breath clings I will unlock my dreams And unravel all the things To remind and inspire me   That in life Everything is real Possible And within reach. ☁ Originally posted on Artist x Poet.

Poetry Submission: ‘My Red Cap and Me’

by Jela Olaso Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I found a red cap.   And so, I wore it!   I loved my red cap, my first love ever. We stayed together. We walked together. We sang and danced together. Always, forever.   Until one day—   My mom, li’l brother and I rode a tricycle, and all of a sudden, My red cap— it flew away!   So I began to cry. My tears wouldn’t stop, leaving me heartbroken from what I just saw. My pretty red cap, gone and lost forever. My first heartbreak,…