August 25, 2009

Janely Dela Pena


I like the way
you hang up the face towel
every night after washing
your face before going to bed.
With gentleness.
Hanging up the towel
like life
soaked with years
wrung from bruising failures.
I'd like to learn
how to face the towel,
hanging up the tears
as if to dry.
Hanging up the failures
to evaporate
so quietly,
From your gentle gesture
I know you don't like
to bother others.
It's technique.


Janely Dela Pena is a working student currently residing somewhere in the Philippines.

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