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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.

Monday, August 8, 2011


In an early morning drizzle, the spiderweb
catches globules of rain on its fragile net.
Like a lost handkerchief blown off the grass,
the gossamer threads cover a bald patch
which could use the raindrops in this heat.
Like an accidental safety net, it holds rain
that could have fallen on scorched ground.
But that is not our call, is it? Random rain
falls where it could spawn floods to drown
hungry children or rot unsprouted grain.
Where are those safety nets when you need
them? Who maps their use like spiderwebs?
—Albert B. Casuga
Prompt: Thin fog. A spiderweb spread like a handkerchief a few inches above the ground has a large collection of raindrops, each of them perfect. --- Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 08-07-11

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