November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

By: Keana Aguila Labra

In which I write,
I’m losing patience for Lolo. I can’t stand his selfishness and lack of appreciation. 

Beneath that,
Pain pills, two every 4-6 hours

my scribbles of two tongues,
clumsily labelled yellow for Tagalog,
orange for Bisaya,

Na antok ko. I wish I could take a nap. Maybe when Lola leaves, I’ll take a nap on the couch. It’s hard to read with the TV on.


Dahil – because 

pressure is a placement of time,
pressure is proof of feeling:

Kabuan – entirety

Pagalok – offer

There is only anger
while I wish from the after:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Jamie    Jamie     M                                         E            Jaden   Jaden

Slept: 12-1:44am,
2-5am,
5-9am

minsan – sometimes
palagi – always


Mabuti palagi siya mag-buhay sa
diary ko.

Keana Aguila Labra is a Cebuana Tagalog Filipinx poet in diaspora. As the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine, Marías at Sampaguitas, she hopes to champion underserved and underrepresented communities with this literary space. She is a part of the Kearny Street Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab 2021 summer cohort and the young adult Honorary Santa Clara County Poet Laureate of Oct. 2021. She is the author of three collections, Natalie, No Saints, and Mohilak.

Keana can be found on Twitter or Instagram @Tambokekai.

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