Poetry Writing 201 Assignment 6: Hero(ine), Ballad, Anaphora/Epistrophe

I teach
In a class
A class of 50
A class of potential
I teach
To contribute
To contribute to nation-building
To effect change
I teach
And I break down
Angry at the realities of poverty
Angry at the hopelessness of it all
Angry at myself because I can only do so much
I teach
And in spite of myself,
Hope that it gets better
Hope for these kids
Hope that I make a difference


Poetry Writing 201 Assignment 5: Fog, Elegy, Metaphor

Baguio fog envelopes the city
A kiss and cool caress.
A blanket of mystery
Cloaking this small sleepy town.
But heat chased you away
And you dissipated and disappeared.
As trees are cut and pines replaced
By buildings and roads, and concrete.
The fog that used to embrace me
Is now long gone.
Replaced by black smoke of poison
From cars that abound.
I long to feel your kiss again
Yet just a memory you’ll be.


Poetry Writing 201 Assignment 4: Animal, Concrete Poetry, Enjambment

I see people but it seems hazy.
Is it what it’s                                             supposed to be?
Human nature                                                  or animal instinct?
Them feeding on                                                         each other.
Gluttonously trying to                                           quench insatiable
desires that just                                                    won’t go away.
They hide it but it’s                 inside.                         Lurking, hibernating.
Waiting to be                                                                             let out.
To be                                                                                      embraced.
After all,                                                                        we all have it.
Do we decide to let it take over our humanity?