Regional Tula

Pagdayeg sa Pagbiya

Yukbo-i ang kahilom sa biniyaan
Inig kagay sa kabanha sa iyang pagbiya
Hakopa ug ibayaw sa kamingawan.

Ang malinawong gakos sa lamaong palda
nga mipauraray sa buku-buko sa lingkoranan—
Yukbo-i ang kahilom sa biniyaan

Ang nagkatag nga mga kuko ibabaw sa lamesa
Ang mga nagpunpon nga buhok ibabaw sa unlan—
Hakopa ug ibayaw sa kamingawan

Ang katagakong sudlay sa may bintana
Ang nahayang nga sandal kilid sa pultahan—
Yukbo-i ang kahilom sa biniyaan

Ang natibuok nga mga pahiyom ug luha
nga gitagi-tagi sa mga kusog diha sa higdaanan—
Hakopa ug ibayaw sa kamingawan

Sa hait nga tinukokan, pino-pinoha sila, dugmoka
ug isabwag ngadto sa mga lama sa iyang pagtikang
Yukbo-i ang kahilom sa biniyaan
Hakopa ug ibayaw sa kamingawan


Praise to Farewell*

Bow to the silence of the abandoned
when the clatters of his departure clang
scoop them and offer them to silence.

The quiet embrace of a stained skirt
that guiltlessly rested at the nape of the seat—
Bow to the silence of the abandoned

The clutter of cut nails on the table
and the bunch of fallen hairs on the pillow—
scoop them and offer them to silence

The falling comb at the window
the flipped sandal near the door—
Bow to the silence of the abandoned

The hardened smirks and tears
that are little by little consumed in bed—
scoop them and offer them to silence

Crush them with fierce eyes
and spatter the pieces into his footprints
Bow to the silence of the abandoned
scoop them and offer them to silence

*translation in English


Ivanie Michmir is from Ormoc City, Leyte but currently resides in Cebu City. His works appear in different literary journals, anthologies, the Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya Magasin and others. He was a fellow of the Cebu Young Writers Studio, Bathalad-Sugbo’s Kagis Workshop, and the Iligan National Writers Workshop. He is currently affiliated to Bathalad-Sugbo and Hablon, group of collective writers in Cebu. He is currently studying at University of Cebu – Main Campus while working full-time at Teleperformance Inc. as CSR.

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