Monday, July 13, 2015

April Mae M. Berza- Two Poems

(After Glen Sorestad’s When Hands sleep, what do they dream?)

His hands dream the calisthenics of metals of an automobile,
while hers dream of cooking her thoughts, her passion;

his hands dream juggling numbers, a jumbled telephone,
while her hands dream of imprisoned letters finally freed;

his hands dream a marriage of spoon and fork
as he moves brown rice to his innocent mouth,

while hers dream the bipolar bond of nude fingers
in the canvas plate painting her hunger, her hunger;

his hands dream how the soldier fingers camp the softness
of her breast, her nipple, a caged nightingale,

her hands dream the aggressive texture of his buttocks
as he enters, her finger’s surrender to his hips.

Sometimes his hands and her hands stop dreaming
but lie restless like defeated warriors lost

in the subconscious of hand against hand in combat.
Sometimes hands sleep in the awakening of desire.

East of Eden

East of Eden, silver rays pierce 
My languid eyes in oblivion; 
Half-awaken by the tick of time 
In the swelling of my hourglass, 
For the time has come 
And it is the climax. My climax. 
Looking at the morning star, 
My eyes shut in a speed of light 
As if the scorching heat 
Ignited the chariot to throttle; 
And friction made it less 
Painful than reality. I slumbered, 
As nightmares flashed in a 
Kaleidoscope of blurry visions, 
Frozen, my heart is frozen; 
But the star is at its zenith 
Aflame by the Power. I seek 
For light where the darkness dwelt, 
Even if I am East of Eden.

April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014). Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in the US, Canada, Romania, India, Japan, UK and the Philippines. Her poems are translated in Crimean Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in The Siren, Poetica, Calliope, Maganda, Metric Conversions, Ani, The Manila Times and Contemporary Verse 2, to name a few. Her poem "E-Martial Law" was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/kpfa.orgShe is a member of Poetic Genius Society. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.

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