poetry and other works

Merlie M. Alunan worked for her Masters Degree in English at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, majoring in Creative Writing and studying under Edilberto K. Tiempo. She was a writing fellow of the Silliman University National Summer Writers Workshop and the UP Creative Writing Center. Most of the poems collected in this blogsite are from her first book collection, Hearthstone, Sacred Tree. The other works have also been published in local newspapers and other publications.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rosas de Piedra

for Simone

When we heard word
A great silence
Walked into our world

Now in the wind
It thickens, it spells
Stillness in the waters
On the hillsides
The white spears of grasses
Quiver, stillborn grief
Hardens on our locked tongues
Our tears unshed
Are roses of stone
Inside our skulls

We shall grow
Continents of silence
Around your name, or else
My daughter
How shall we bear--
Without you in the sunlight
The rest of our days?


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