Playground Versus Bulldozer

Playground Versus Bulldozer

We take for granted
The simple pleasures
Of two legs dangling, swaying

Back and forth to push the seat
Of a swing further and faster,
Passing point of rest again

And again until the chain that holds
Stops ever so briefly
Perpendicular to the ground.

Breath held for a split second,
Then screams
Of laughter unleashed.

However one looks at it,
There is no room for a bulldozer
In this memory.  No room at all.


About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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