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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

Fundamental

It returns in the midst
Of a grateful embrace,
And then I understand,
Presently at least, its
Simplicity, so pure to
Mention the misted glass,
The leaden curtains still
As truth on either side
Of the sky would reveal
But too little, too much.
Even the blanket pressed
Upon our bodies, fact
Of its heaviness, fails
To bear on its plainness.
While I compose this, it
Flickers like night vision,
Brief instants of sudden
Clarity. I note just
How tenderly it hides
As blood under these veils
Of flesh, as the movement
Of clouds overhead, as
The long sighs of the man
Or the woman fast asleep
Beside and inside us.

© Cyril Wong

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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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