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Nico Pablo

Jose Luis Pablo or “Nico” is a communications manager for a non-profit organization in the Philippines. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing in the University of the Philippines Diliman. He won awards in the 2018 Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Literary Contest and the 2018 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His poetry has been published in “Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature” and “Cordite Poetry Review.”

Featured Work:

Broken Temple


Nico Pablo


Nico Pablo


Nico Pablo


Nico Pablo

Where I'm From

By slip

of crescent moon, I enter

the world and wait

for the gore to be wiped off me.


In young night, I glow

silver, glimmering hope,

pearl of my parents.


I skip to where the water

breaks but hands jolt me back

from frothing danger.


I sit on the shore, pail in hand,

drawing the face of Jesus

with the other.


Days are filled with story and song,

full bodied laughter and certainty

in numbers.


But when nights come, the bonfire

casts long shadows. I see a tumbling

fool, man turned match, a figure

fleeing its origin.


Invention births a tool placed

in my hand. With it, I right

the error of memory.


Against playful flame, I carve

new words

on shells of fruit, shadows forgotten

in the flickering moment.


I march back

to the shore, grasping

the containers of written flesh.

One by one, I tip

them to the water and watch them

fill the horizon.

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