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Ann De Leon

Filipino writer Ann De Leon debuts with “Mama”— an experimental poem combining both English and Tagalog into a piece centered around their grief and experience with mother figures. They can be found on Twitter @nagakda.

Mama

  • Ann De Leon 
  • 1 min read

Si mama, madaling-arawGone and away,Nagluluto, naglilinis–With ink hair leavingNangangaligkig ang mgaMarks on the bed, andKamay, buto, karne;Clogging the drain.Baboy daw ang ulam!She drips her wholeDugo, atay, puso;Body, mind, and soul–Paborito ko yun!Until she fallsAng sarap talaga ng lutong home…bahay ni mama! My mother is gonefaster than the sun.

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