The Climb – 4 of 14 Love Poems from Baha-bahagdang Karupukan and Alien to Any Skin

blue leaves falling

The Climb

leaves gathering
in your hair

as we parted
those young trees
to make a path
where there was none

seeds the shape
of daggers
clinging to the fine
fabric of your skirt

wind mingling
with our breaths
that thin uncharted
mountain air

all that land
all that sky
no longer the same

                                                                  December 2007

This poem appears in Alien to Any Skin. This is poem 4 of 14 Love Poems.



Ang Pag-akyat

mga dahong lumalapag
sa iyong buhok

samantalang hinahawi
natin ang mga murang puno
upang makagawa ng landas
kung saan wala

mga punlang hugis-patalim
sa pinong tela
ng iyong palda

humahalo sa ating
hininga ang manipis
na hangin ng kabundukang
wala pang nagkapagmamapa

kalawakan ng lupaing iyon
kalawakan ng langit
hindi na tulad ng dati


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

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