Poetry

A Lady in the Coffee Shop, Reading

With a finger, she draws
a gossamer thread
of a line,
tracing one
under each verse
written
on the pages
of the paperback.
She mumbles
each word,
turns them over
with her tongue,
upside down,
right side up,
until she savors,
discovers
the hidden serenity
of lives,
loves
within tomes,
sating
her appetite
for a life
worth living
in a world
that speaks,
spits
out
cold,
frigid
truths.


Hezekiah Louie Zaraspe is currently finishing his M.A. in Creative Writing at the UST Graduate School. He teaches language and literature classes at Miriam College Nuvali. His short stories, “Private Mirage” and “Nirvana”, have been featured by Miriam College’s “Bukad”. His poems have been published by Revolt Magazine. UP Manila’s forthcoming anthology, “Locked Down, Lit Up: An Anthology of Creative Work in a Time of Quarantine”, will feature his flash fiction piece, “Sleep is a Truce, Dreams its Succor”. Inquirer published his first essay in Filipino, “Pagbili ng barbecue, paglunok ng katotohanan”.

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