Mona Adviento

Rookie (April 6,1982 / Manila, Philippines)

The Problem With Proximity - Poem by Mona Adviento

A dull ache that reverberates in my ribcage
Points to you- oblivious to my pain.
The silence echoes in my ears
As the vision of your solemnity flashes in my mind
A thousand and one regrets for one solitary moment
Of weakness; I waste my breath
In uttering your name
Inches away from me, platonically content before
Out of reach, irreversibly estranged now.
Too greedy for affection, I stand reprimanded by Fate.
You, with your subtle smiles and alluring silence
I, with my reckless impulsiveness and thoughtless kisses.
WE are an equation gone awry.
Uncertainty plus uncertainty equals disappointment.
And I am left with few shards of friendship
I so carelessly threw away for a night of illicit excitement
The lack of closure haunts me. Yet the possibility of confrontation terrifies me
For I do not wish to bare my soul once again
To an unsuspecting lion.

July 2004

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011

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