altar boy knife
journey up
two vows absolute
one for life
the other death

in the rule
choice goes missing
the patriarch
would not have acted
had not he decided
to surrender

the giving
refuses return
the release
cannot presume
the stubborn despair
pieces of soul

wandering renders contentment
a fatal store
in the abandonment
to possibility
never one’s doing

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I was born in Trenton NJ, but my father was from the Philippines. I lived in the Philippines from 1983-89. After 17 years in Chicago, I returned to the Philippines and lived in Naic, Cavite, from 2010-2015. I returned to the US in 2015 and presently live in Plainsboro, NJ, where I write.

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