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A Jar of Starlight: Now Available for Download via Scribd

"A Jar of Starlight" Cover Art by Wilhelmina Alba-Contreras Cover Photography by Midge K. Manlapig
“A Jar of Starlight”
Cover Art by Wilhelmina Alba-Contreras
Cover Photography by Midge K. Manlapig

For those of you looking for something new to read with which to end one year and start another, here’s some great news: you can now purchase my e-book A Jar of Starlight via Scribd:  Click the link below to check out and buy:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/284485032/A-Jar-of-Starlight

The e-book is currently priced at US$ 2.99 (approximately PhP 140.98) per PDF download via Scribd; payments via PayPal.

Given that I am currently setting up my website, it will soon be available through the online store along with my pending 2016 releases Half (Second Quarter – 2016; in progress) and Fairy Tales from the Other Side (Third Quarter – 2016; in progress with the first story The Prince of Snows serialized through this blog).

So, please help support my work and that of artist Wilhelmina Alba-Contreras by purchasing A Jar of Starlight.

Here’s to more poems and definitely more stories in the coming year.  Bash on, lovelies!

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Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Tears After Reading Hafez

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Excerpt from The Nightingales are Drunk by Hafez

rereading
the verses
of yore
as i
sip
the first
cup
of my
day
and it
does not
ease
and it
does not
soothe
the loneliness
this miasmic
solitude
i find
myself in.

restlessly
impatiently
flipping through
the pages
and finding
no comfort
for once;
giving into
the tears
i have
fought
i have
sought
to keep
at bay.

wishing
against any
and all
odds
to be
elsewhere:
in a
garden
full of
roses
at their
most fragrant,
by the
shore
at dusk,
by the
side
of the
beloved –
but that,
alas,
is a
dream
too hopeless
too impossible
even
for a
dreamer
like me.

Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Aiseirigh

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“Into the Valley” – Boracay, 21 August 2017

gazing
down into
the valley
below
and thoughts
of what
could have
been
plague me.

wandering
through these
woods / with a
spirit
so broken
and a
heart
so troubled
and thinking
how hard
life
can be
and believing
that my
hopes
and my
dreams
were dashed
beyond repair.

yet:
i am
still here
i am –
i remain –
alive,
battered and
broken and
beaten
but alive
and i
fight
and i
strive
and i
rise
to the
dare
the world
sets before
me.

and i
will rise
triumphant;
just wait
and see.

Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

This is How I Glow

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“Frangipani” – Boracay, 21 August 2017

to bloom
in silence
and glow
in the
darkness
against the
fads and
follies and
fripperies
dictated by
demanded by
a world
blinded by
costume
and cosmetic;
to choose
to face
the world
with a
face
left bare
devoid of
rouge and
paint and
powder
is to
choose
beauty over
vanity
is to
choose
truth over
sophistry.

let them
snigger;
let them
stare
for you
hide nothing
and let
yourself
shine through.

Posted in Art and About, Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Sous les Étoiles

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“A Wall of Stars” – Cebu, 11 November 2017

talk
to me
about the
stars
on quiet
nights
when the
wind
is still
and the
skies
are clear;
let me
rest
my head
on your
shoulder
as we
look up
and comets
speed
across the
darkness.

it
used to
be
that i
would spin
the tales
and another
would listen;
but i
am weary
of weaving
the words
and my
mouth
is dry
and my
thoughts
have scattered.

but now
i am
content
to hear
you speak
of your
adventures
in worlds
both mundane
and magical;
i am
content
in my
silence,
nestling close
as i
close
my eyes,
lulled
to sleep
by you.

Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Menyala Malam

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“Lanterns at Twilight” – Cebu, 10 November 2017

light
the lanterns
as the
night deepens;
raise them
high
for all
to see.

guide
the steps
of those
who wander
lest they
stumble
in the
night,
lest they
lose
their way
and be
lost
for good.

and i
strike
a match
against
the darkness
and let
my heart
catch fire
in the
hope
that i
may guide
the one
who seeks
me
to my
side.

and i
will wait
with all
who wait
upon this
shore
as the
evening falls
around us
and the
stars
come out
and the
light
of each
heart-lit
lantern
leads our
beloved
back home.

Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Senja

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“In the Garden at Dusk” – Cebu, 10 November 2017

in the
garden
at dusk
perfumed by
frangipani
and the
soothing
songs of
birds
nesting for
the night
join the
crash
of waves
upon the
shore
and my
thoughts
are far
so far
away.

contemplating
the distance
the space
the time;
knowing
how absence
only leads
to longing
and i
am silent
unable
to share
these unquiet
thoughts.

and i
breathe deep
of the
salt air
and bide
my time
if somewhat
impatiently.

Posted in Shutterbug Blues, Verses

Closing the Garden of Memory

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“What Lies Behind the Gate?” – Singapore, 11 October 2017

i step
through the
gate
into this
garden
where the
broken
are made
whole.

my crosses
too heavy
to bear
and my
heart
in fragments
in shards
from one
beating
too many;
seeking
solace
and refuge
and silence;
the chaos
has all
but done
me in.

and i
sip
from the
spring
that flows
within
and power
surges
through my
veins:
vision clears
passion kindled
mind
made to
rest
as the
past
is washed
away
by cooling
waters.

and i
step through
the gates
unfettered
unbothered
unbowed
and i
lock the
past
behind the
gates
and throw
away
the key.