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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

Love Makes the World Go Round

He was wild.
In her sixth month, he had the map of the world
Tattoed on her belly.
And then, without saying goodbye,
He left for America.

In her last trimester,
Her belly grew into a tight and shiny globe
The Northern Hemisphere stretched around
The North Pole of her navel.
She would rub the northern slope of her abdomen
And feel the kick of the foetus
Between the United States and Canada.
And then she would wonder
In which of these countries
He would be now.

Since then she'd had five men
In as many years—
And five children.
This was to keep her hands holding the globe
Of her belly.
This was her only way of feeling the world—
And of going
To America.

© Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

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Excerpts from Love Gathers All Recipient, Global Filipino Literary Award

SIMEON DUMDUM JR.
Love Makes the
World Go Round


RICARDO M.
DE UNGRIA
Spirits of Their Glass

LUISA IGLORIA
Homily

MARNE L. KILATES
A Cloud Named Looking-for-You*

ALFIAN BIN SA'AT
Ghazal of Love

CYRIL WONG
Fundamental

TENG QIAN XI
Waterlights

Responsive Poems

MILA D. AGUILAR
83Eighty Three

Carabao Grass

Bibingkang Malagkit

NADINE L. SARREAL
A Thousand Ears
(for Mila, who shares poems in cyberspace)


JESSIE BADILLO
A Filipina Poet Plays Hide and Seek
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