Charlie’s Day

The Desk

“Charlie, sweetie wake up” she said.

I opened my eyes
braced myself.

Here comes another day.

Beautiful wife,
good home.
happy,
content.

what more can I ask?

Brace yourself,
I said.

Here comes another day.

I opened my eyes

“Charlie you f*^& idiot, wake up!” she said.

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Gusto

The Desk

Oo maganda ako.
bakit ginusto ko ba ito?

Ginusto ko ba ang taglay kong akit?
pini pilahan at hinahabol.

itong katawan na kahanga-hanga.
hubog na tila’y kinorte ng mga dyosa.

sa tingin ninyo ginusto ko,

na gustuhin ako?

ako’y nag iisa.
marami sila.

mahina ako.
malupit sila

oo, maganda raw ako.
gusto ko raw ba?

G

The Desk

It’s the first after a long time.

I ever so gently. Ran my fingers over her.

Caressing her cold, white, smooth surface.

That frigid skin that had been calling out for my warmth –

For so                         l                          o                                     n                        g.

The metronome is speeding up-

I swallowed my fears.

I let my fingers explore. Till I find the right key – G.

I let out a smile.

Haven’t played the piano for a while now.