The Great Sky Parade

The Great Sky Parade (An add-your-own-image poem) by Imelda Morales A man whose robe  had slipped beneath  the trunk of jewels behind him Became a snake  with one great bell dangling from its tail-like steam That faded white  into a witch  with pointy hat on her head Which covered hair  That reached her shoes, A sharp-nosed […]


Strange House

by Imelda Morales Something weird happened one day Inside our old family house. It started with a painting floating away Then the cups, and my vest, And even grandma’s jewel chest. Up went the white new sheets and shirts My brother’s slippers, my butterfly earrings All hovered above like strange little birds. Soon even the house […]


Strange House

by Imelda Morales Something weird happened one day Inside our old family house. It started with a painting floating away Then the cups, and my vest, And even grandma’s jewel chest. Up went the white new sheets and shirts My brother’s slippers, my butterfly earrings All hovered above like strange little birds. Soon even the house […]


La-on and the Seven-Headed Dragon

by Gabriela Lee Over the land and over the seas, There was a small kingdom in the East. But nobody saw its beauty so grand, For a seven-headed dragon guarded the land. The problem with dragons is their big bulging tummies. They’d spew fire and smoke if they didn’t get their yummies.  To make matters worse, […]


I Sing

by Imelda Morales I sing because of your heart-shaped hands, I sing Because of the folds in your skin. They catch My kisses the way leaves drink sunshine and I sing Because you’re fragrant as a dream Of cotton and wisps of foggy air  At dawn. Because it feels as if  I’m holding a cloud when […]


Dragonfly’s Fly

On a hot summer’s day, the Dragonfly came zinging across the river . Bi bi tutubi . It had a secret to tell! The first one it saw was the shrimp who was wading in the dry, shallow part of the river. “I have a secret!” whispered Dragonfly as it hovered over the shrimp. “What great news!” […]


Cariña’s

by Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad It was the summer of Cariña’s ninth birthday. Most of the kids in the neighborhood played out in the streets. Many of them stayed until suppertime. On certain evenings, some children would even resume their games after eating. “Rina! Rina! Come inside the house, na!” “Not again!” Rina whined. This was the […]


At the Cloth Shop

by Imelda Morales My mother lost me one day There at the cloth shop She was buying textile for my first uniform She had all the shades and textures on her lap After some time, she suddenly remembered That she brought her daughter along So she called my name and looked for me Tearfully she searched […]