The Duck Dance

One of my daughters, when she was around three, used to perform on cue something we ended up calling “The Duck Dance.” She would bend her knees a little, lean forward, pull her hands to her chest, lift her elbows slightly, then wiggle her bum. It made us all laugh. The lightness that laughter and pure joy bring is what comes over me when I find out a work of mine had been given some space somewhere.

March has so far been a good month. After winning the Poetry Competition with “People Like You,” I received the good news that a number of poems had been featured in the South African website One poem, “Someone’s Head” is on their main page while four others are in the “Poetry Blog” section. After months of waiting I can now say I’ve got a foot in the South African poetry scene. Now I suppose I have to muscle my way through the door somehow. hahahahha. Perhaps doing “The Duck Dance” in front of an unexpecting audience at a local poetry reading will be too daring. I’ll wait until I’ve earned some kind of name for that. 😛

Here is the link to the Poetry Competition.

Here is the main link for “Someone’s Head” as featured on LitNet’s main webpage.

The LitNet Poetry Blog links:


Being Drawn

Cape Town Suburb Sunday Afternoon Remix

Main Road Paranoia

My poems from Alien to Any Skin are finding their way in more places. I’m glad for a wider readership. At least in theory.    🙂

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. 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 poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

5 responses to “The Duck Dance

  • Great News « Alien to Any Skin

    […] I don’t want to repeat what I have posted in my personal blog, so I will just provide a link to it HERE. […]

  • Dayn

    Congratulations on your winning poem! It is truly beautiful. The repetition in the last stanza is particularly haunting.

    I can totally relate to the “Duck Dance” joy. Congrats again!

  • Indigo

    I came here through Goodreads, after being introduced to your poem ‘People Like You’ and found myself following the various links.

    There is a delicate dance of life which takes place among your words. Sometimes visceral and more often than not tender. I believe every writer at some point, writes themselves into lines of prose. If you want an intimate glimpse of a writer…read them and they’re there woven into words like a tapestry.

    You’ve gained a new follower dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

    • matangmanok

      Hi Indigo.

      Thank you for your very kind words. I am glad you like my work. There is nothing a writer wants more than to make a special connection with a reader.

      Jim Pascual Agustin

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