Treasure Island

Norman Santos

(Nov.19,1990 / Philippines)

70 Days In Purgatory


70 days in purgatory
I rediscovered all my hells
heap by heap, I tossed them
just to find my felled seraph
swimming in a sundered oblivion
a life time away from here

Her wings withered like petals
and the sole fragrance left
is the freckling shadows of her memory
So I watched her, exulted and asleep
by the arms of the caressing waves
driving her further the distance

70 days in purgatory
and your abstracted stare
still clings like a jackknife
upon my subtly acquiescent flesh
So I watched you swim
and leave an avenue of rueful stars
so I can ponder for your lingering absence

Submitted: Sunday, December 30, 2012

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