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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

Ghazal of Love

Inside this body another one is leaning.
Inside these eyes another pair is gazing.

A universe simpler than the design of a seed.
One star rules its galaxy, in its sky only one constant bird.

How often the flowers mocked him with their petals.
O foolish collector of glances and whispers!

Only in my dreams does his feet touch the ground.
When I smile for no reason, it is he who etches the dimples.

Always by the window or with a cheek on a pillow.
When a breeze passes through the body his soul is transparent.

What will you do, Alfian, when he opens the door?
When he surrenders the key into the hands of the beloved?

© Alfian Bin Sa'at

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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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