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.
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
minsan – sometimes
palagi – always
Mabuti palagi siya mag-buhay sa
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.