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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Like those distant echoes of sounds
we learned to feel safe with, these
faint calls are never as far as those
gentle caresses that lulled us to sleep.
Why do lullabies linger and stay long
after all the loving and the kisses?
Are they all that is left of the tender
touch on the tired troubled brow?
I still feel her warm hands on my back
when cold mornings would wake us up
to the first day of school. Do I have to?
Like the first cicada, she said: You do.
Morning sounds like these remain clear
even as they fade like distant echoes.
—Albert B. Casuga

Prompt: First cicada of the day, easing in and trailing off as if mimicking the Doppler effect. A cuckoo’s faint call—never as far as it sounds.---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 08-02-11

1 comment:

Hannah Stephenson said...

Such warm and reassuring ideas in this poem.