Poetry

Philomela’s Dissent

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

—Proverbs 18:21

Procne, my Sister, listen:
Tereus knew me, cut out my tongue,
left it bleeding, throbbing on the earth.
But I know him, Sister, so, I weaved, wove
to tilt the Scales, heavy with Blind Justice,
this Tapestry of my Tale, my Dissent
where no words will ever
break.

He may hold me at gunpoint,
or give me the death of a martyr,
but the Truth remains
bulletproof.
It shan’t return to me void,
but the Tapestry of my Tale, my Dissent
will accomplish that which I
desire.


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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