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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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012



 with these little steps will change
 her little world. A vast expanse
 awaits her: there are fields of joy
 and beauty, the flowers there
 will want her to gather them.

 But there will be other fields she
 must not cross: her dainty feet
 will find mud, the muck and mire
 of a spoiled world, some places
 I pray she will never cross without

 this old man building clean bridges
 she would run through to get her
 to her bright and happy home---
 all that have been wished for her
 by all those who love her, who
 cherish her quiet, shining promise.

---Albert B. Casuga

*Youngest grandchild Marie Clementine Casuga-Lalonde was at a soccer field with her parents and siblings when she strode her first walking steps. This is a milestone, all right, she will be more "active" than the usual easy-to-babysit-baby, and she's only all of 10 months plus!


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