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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

A Cloud Named Looking-for-You*

My heart aches like the heaving sea;
My tears riddle the face of the water;
My pain comes in gusts, emptying me.

Cursed with wandering, thin as air,
How can I touch the bottom of this grief?
How can I lift this shroud that covers
          My love's grave?

My heart heaves like the aching sea;
My tears riddle the face of the water;
My pain comes in gusts, emptying me.


*They say it is the Princess Nhanzao forever drifting over the Sea of Er, looking for her love who had been turned into stone and sunk into the depths—from the song by Shi Zhi-You about the Yunnan legend.

© Marne L. Kilates

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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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