Subversion in “Children of Heaven”

children of heaven

There’s a movie
you must never see:
“Children of Heaven.”

Don’t be fooled by its charming title.
Nothing religious in it at all.
Nothing but lies, lies, lies.

Avoid it at all cost
even if you are lucky enough
to find it in your convenient video store.

Too many lies in it
about a boy who loses his sister’s
only pair of shoes.

About their struggle
to keep the loss a secret
from their poor parents.

About the blind man
who finds the shoes
and gives it to his own daughter.

About the boy’s father
who gets a second job
gardening in a leafy suburb.

It goes on and on
showing you lies
about these people

Who seem real.
Remember, none of it is.
The only thing you need to know

Is that it is made in Iran.
-o-

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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