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Poem: Dry Season by Cristina Querrer

O, butterfly! If you only knew the beauty
Of your exposed reply that castigated the cage-
But sudden death awaited as you pried apart your shell.
How awful, too, for the lion's catch twitching
In its mouth-born it seems, exactly for that purpose.

Birds ascending for migration
Remain in the ear by its splintered sound,
And sharp air left a gash in the day
Which went on scarring the nights.

Pity the silent order of things here in the tangle
Where bellies and hearts yearn for reach;
Tongues singed and throats thirsting
For the dankness of downfall.

© Joel B. Tan

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PROSE 
CINQUAINS 
SEPTEMBER 11
SOLOS 
SETS 

  LISA ASCALON
  September 11, 2001

  CRISTINA QUERRER
  This Is What I Know

  Dry Season