Paper Ships

There was a time
in my boyhood,
when, instead of cranes,
I folded boats out of paper,
one after another,
till the boats turned my bed
into a sea filled
with a fleet of ships.

I wanted each of them
to journey to the Great Unknown,
uncharted waters,
a sojourn from which each will return
with stories and tales from distant lands,
full of Awe, Wonder, Hope, and Change,
beckoning my people to hoist their anchors
and, echo journeys of their own
to the Great Unknown,
where the Stars and Compasses and Maps fail
to guide, to discover those nations
half-hidden from the Eye
that only Life and Love will ever know.

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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