PC: Aryhadnë Sardà
A Home In The Middle
In between light and dark,
I am building a home.
Here, stay, say I to me.
Here, just here, I plead.
Hear the ocean inside me sing to serenity
enough to make my roots stay
close to the sand. My eyes smile
at the line of where the heaven in the clouds--
pristine, and this paradise of waves dancing--
intrepid, meet like a kiss.
Sometimes the sky trembles
more like a nightmare in a song.
My eyes closed lost and empty.
All the lights switched off
as I run away from me unknowingly,
never knowing how to want
to come back or when.
Or my sun shines too much it's blinding,
I hold my bones for wanting
to feel if this dream is real.
If this is the song of my soul,
why does it feel like I didn't sing it
but the stars I couldn't reach fell
and painted my voice celestial?
And how do I return to myself?
I try my hardest to keep me,
breathing still. I ride the strong
too ecstatic to exist. I rebuild
after the darkest storms, gather all the ruins,
and make a lamp out of it. And come home
to the warmth of the sand, the chorus
of the ocean and the sky at peace. Look out
to that blue horizon. In the middle
is where I know I belong.
About The Author: Roch Molina
Roch Molina is a writer hailed from Catanduanes, Philippines. She graduated Cum Laude from University of the Philippines Los Baños with a degree in BA Communication Arts Major in Writing. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Reclaim/Resist Poetry Anthology, The Manila Times- The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Windtrail: The Official Newsletter of the UP Catandungan Los Baños. Her latest work is a zine entitled “I, Too, Am a Poem Lost” in collaboration with Lira Benjamin. Roch loves tea, books, long walks, and museums. Now that she is 21, she dreams of becoming a centenarian