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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

Homily

At St. Matthew's in Rose—
well, the courtyard's abloom
with wild rose in the bushes

I walk from the Castle keep,
past a field edged with yarrow
and shoots tipped with the pungence
of onion flowers

For miles toward the Pentland
hills, fields buttered with rape:
their cinquefoiled heads stinging
the air with an expansive,
floodlit yellow

Today's homily is on love
and longing, the kind
of yearning one body has
for another—

not, says the Scottish priest
without fanfare, a sexless
yearning: for have we not
been made of spirit
and of flesh

Flesh that leads the heart and
from its warm bed raises it,
desirous, to the trumpet
call of the world—

He must have been born
in these hills, where sheep
and horses stand sentinel
over grass, where tubers lie
curled in the nourishing earth,
mimicking the body's frugal
but thoughtful progress—

understanding how something
fattens, sweetens, despite the bitter cold,
on essential fire

See how everything tilts
to its other—

How falcon and owl and hare,
the other unnameable creatures
crying out in heat and hunger
in the glen, render themselves
vulnerable to each other

How the horizon
throws back its arms
and the sky presses upon
its length, morning and evening,
flushing from lilac to rouge

See
how they love
one another

How things call,
as they must, each
to the perfection
of the other,
saying

Finish me

as the heavy-hipped
bees hum their song
at my window,
reminding me
to praise.

© Luisa Igloria

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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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