asthmatic lungs push air between the untrained larynx
a thick-tongued hiss between thin lips
arrhythmic inhalation and ventilation
is a lot like
ribs rattling through exhalation
a guttural groan gurgles up
let it be
waning into a whisper
you can’t make it come
man-made trails snake through man-made parks as I follow the sound of water
cigarette buds sprout between decaying eucalyptus leaves and pine needles
that which is seen
rain pregnant river courses beneath the hardwood bridge and I shiver
nameless birds cry in the canopy as mice dart through blackberry thorns
that which is not
kneeling before the abandoned tunnel dripping I drop the bouquet
She walks look past the Titas tumingin sa wearing a cartoon T-shirt nagmumurang kamatis skinny jeans tabachoy! smiling bastos embracing the sun negrito Her curly black hair marumi cropped short like a man, naman, pixie cut tomboi Headphones in palalo she sings kahila-hilakbot na boses
a song called Happiness.
I take the shot
A mental shot
A quivering cowardly shot
in an attempt to capture
In ink and paper
Been a while since I posted something like this.
For all my writers, scribes, journalists, and everyday peeps, I give you today’s writing prompt:
Describe in extreme detail an object in front of you. Any object you see will do. A coffee cup from Starbucks, a chair, etc. Describe it. Don’t miss any detail. Go as far as describing the smell, taste, make up, chemical compostion, etc.
See how long you can write about one object.