Night Gown – 7 of 14 Love Poems from Baha-bahagdang Karupukan and Alien to Any Skin

cloudsNight Gown

sinasalat ko ang kabughawan
ng mga bulaklak
sa iyong damit pantulog

pagpikit nakikita ko ang ulap
na kinalalapagan
ng kanilang mga talulot

magaspang ang aking mga palad
pinakikislot ang kapinuan ng tela
pinangangarap akong
suot mo ang damit na ito

lumulutang ka sa kabughawan
hinuhugot ang aking hininga
sa pagkamangha


Night Gown

caressing the blueness
of flowers
on your night gown

with eyes shut i see
their petals
lying on clouds

my hands, rough,
rouse static on such fine fabric
making me dream of you
wearing this now

you are floating in blueness
drawing my breath
in awe

July 2000 – August 2010

This poem, 7 of 14 Love Poems appears both in Baha-bahagdang Karupukan and Alien to Any Skin. They were written at around the same time, going back and forth between Filipino and English.

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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