PROJECT GRACE-UP

NATIONAL LGBTQ+

WRITERS WORKSHOP

Laro ng Anino

Michael Thomas Nelmida

I. Posas


Sa apat na sulok ng 

haligi 

sa pagitan ng rehas –

saksi 

sa karahasan 

na aking naranasan


Handa ka bang marinig ang aking kwento? 


Nangangatog ang aking tuhod 

Nakaluhod hindi, 

nagdadasal

isang 

ritwal 


II. Batuta


Matigas

hinampas

sa aking mukha


Humandusay, tumulo ang

hindi, dugo

doon sa may butas

likido

malansa

mabaho

parang zonrox

mantikang

madulas


Bumayo. Bumayo. Bumayo


Parang kabayo

Sa bilis

hinahabol

ng oras, tao,

tumakbo

kumaripas

sa paglabas


Naalala ko

kung

paano

kami kumunta ng

“Titi ng pulis matulis” 


Tuwang- tuwa / lumuluha


III. Baril


Habang umaalingawngaw

Sige ka lang sa pagkayod at pagsayaw


Namilipit ang aking paa

Habang sumisigaw


Hihiyaw. Humihiyaw. Hihiyaw


Sa isang pagkasa

Nakatutok ang gatilyo


Sa aking sintido

Pumutok – sumabog ang ulo


Game of Shadows

I. Handcuffs


In the four corners of

the foundation

in between the railings––

witness

to the violence

I experienced


Are you ready to hear my story?


My knees are shaking

Kneeling no,

praying

a

ritual


II. Baton (also, “club”)


Something hard

hit

my face 


Fell flat, it trickled down

no, blood

from the hole

liquid

the stench

it stank

like zonrox

sticky

cooking oil


Thrust. Thrusting. Thrust.


Like a horse

In speed

chased

by time, people,

it ran

it rushed

to get out


I remember

how

we

sang

“The policemen’s cock is sharp”


Overjoyed / weeping


III. Gun


While it echoed

There you kept working and dancing


My feet writhed

While screaming


Will scream. Screaming. Will scream. 


With one cocking

The trigger was pointed


At my temple

It fired –– the head exploded. 


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