Norman Santos

(Nov.19,1990 / Philippines)

Against Oddities And Banality


Daggers and tongues
flicking at the sight of me,
clouds curling inwards and
beseeching its most glorious
shade of darkness
as I gaze up to seek comfort
in the infinitude
of its reversed abyss

And I will not be startled
if I shall discover that
the current of my blood
is westward, or if I
really see upside down
and no blue-fairy
turns it over for beauty’s sake

Why is everything against me?
The odds, the banal
the divine and the damned
conflates into one
archenemy

I can never understand why
I am constantly affirmed
of luster and glory and other
fatal forms of hope
and not get father from
the incarceration
of my shadows

This is old and tired –
this ancient conflagration,
this saccharine marrow –
and maybe I will cry
to hear your pristine lies again,
or maybe I will sleep
and let the hands
that wrought life from Eden
take away what seems to be
never mine.

Submitted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013
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