A photo by Boby Wong, Jr., Philippines
SOMEWHERE, THE OTHER LIVES
It is what we have absently forgotten,that we still abide in a strange gyroscope
of happenstance of giving and taking,
of coming and going, visions and revisions.
Or there simply is nothing to rememberfrom the darkness whence we came except
the pain of pushing or pulling out of a hole
into a yet more fearsome cave of struggle.
Is it dread then that is left in our satchels?This journey has neither maps nor diviners
to guard against a free fall into an abyss
of irreducible gloom and cold desert silence.
Is this dome of midnight stars also a strumfor a quiet waking into a space of loneliness?
Or are these spaces our own echo chambers
where ripples of our calls are heard by others?
Somewhere a wing roils the air that the otherbreathes. Somewhere the tremulous murmur
of a prayer is answered. Somewhere an old
question is asked: Am I my brother’s keeper?
---Albert B. Casuga