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Marawi is Trending

Regine Cabato

Listen – I want to be done

with poems about bygone

bullets and the aftermath. The truth is,

what happened in Marawi has happened

before. The news is loud until after the anniversary

passes. They said they’d keep a backward countdown

for every day that went without a trial – they forgot.

A catalog of buried things: the revelatory lead

of a damning news report; the torn genealogy

of a royal family, discarded at the bottom of a lake;

a woman’s account of escape

with a hole in it.

A list of evidence: the absence of land titles

and numbers sprawled on the skeletons

of houses; the bones of a family under the rubble

of a government airstrike; a backhoe

with the mayor’s name on it.

In Mindanao, every violence is different.

In Mindanao, every violence is the same.

Is this land cursed or unlucky –

or are the people upstairs just greedy?

We are always spoken about and never spoken to:

Today, it was the Maranao yesterday

the Sama Dilaut the Tausug the farmers

the fishermen the indigenous

the journalists the businessmen your neighbors

your shops your boats

your harvest your rivers your language

Surely martial law is meant to be a security precaution,

not some Stanford prison experiment, one party armed,

beating the balls out of the other

because they could because the subjects signed consent forms

because power has a way of making a man high

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Binabati ng HEIGHTS ang mga kontributor ng mga akdang inilathala sa ikalawang Regular na Folio sa Taong Panuruang 2019-2020

RICHELL FLORESJOHN GABATAEMMANUEL LACADINJEROME MAIQUEZREGINA POSADAS
SOLA FIDE RAMOSADRIAN SORIANOSEAN CARBALLOTOKADORMARK CAYANAN
PILAR GONZALEZMARIA LARGABEA RACOMAANDY REYSIO-CRUZCATE ROQUE
ZOFIA AGAMABRIANNA CAYETANORUBY DESCALZOPETE ROXASKERIMA SONACO
KRISTINA VALERAREGINE CABATOCORINNE GARCIACELLINE MERCADOMAHIKA REALISMO
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