At work, after a gruelling five hours out in the sun, I’m with a group of youngsters as we discuss our next move. You suddenly appear with an ice cold bottle of Vitamilk. You hand it over to me, shyly–apologetically; as if it’s a near-transgression to even offer me anything.

At the staff house, while I attempt to finish a report due the next day, I hear the roar of a motorbike as it parks outside the door. You enter the house with another ice cold Vitamilk for me.

It becomes a tiny part of our routine–you, me, and Vitamilk–and I never question your actions or the regular Vitamilk gifts. Because, well, people can be so kind sometimes.

But then, friends begin teasing you and me. “Isn’t it even obvious to you? He seriously likes you!” A mischievous grin appears on her face as my friend convinces me that you are more than okay.

Am I really that numb? Although, it’s another busy day and I have no time to play.



Poot na nagniningas
At sigaw na pinipigilang lumabas;
Bibig na may busal
At mga kamay na pilit pumipiglas;
Lupang sinilangan
Na buong-pusong pinaglingkuran;
Pamahalaang mapang-api
At mga huwad na haring ganid
Sa yaman at kapangyarihan.
Ano na ang kahihitnatnan
Ng mga taong umaasa
Sa ‘yong salat na awa’t kabutihan?
Isang kandila na lamang ang natitira;
Maya’t maya’y ubos na.