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"Empty Rooms" - Parananque, 25 February 2016
“Empty Rooms” – Parananque, 25 February 2016

pack up

clear out

and go:

there is


left for


your tears

have run

their course,

your rage

has cooled,

your grief

will heal

in time.


but you

must go:

there is

no growth


there is

no peace;

there is


the screaming

the hate

the envy

the monster

who seeks

to break

you –

or worse:

turn you

into a

mindless drone

or a

ruthless clone.


pack up

clear out

and go:

the world


awaits you.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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