papa osmubal
Uncle Hung (aka Yuen Che Hung) is an accomplished storyteller in Hong Kong. He "said" this piece extemporaneously at a Creative Macau Industry painting exhibition and painting-poetry workshop.

Macanese boys playing with their cavaquinhos
and guitars in the possibly softest way they could—
this must have been how the first ever day in Eden sounded.
A very young couple sits under a lone tree
trying to trace their shadows in the shade and silence.
Sunshine entering, rather intruding, through glass windows
creeping under chairs and tables— ah, a felon, a thief
so determined and so cunning that you just stand
and let it accomplish its scheme and watch in awe!
The Tumen has been used for years by North Korean refugees defecting across the Chinese border. Most refugees from North Korea during the 1990s famine crossed over the Tumen River, and most recent refugees have also used it. —Wikipedia, accessed May 2011

There are slow lizards on the ceiling, well-fed,
healthy, feeling at home in somebody's house:
myriads of mosquitoes and flies hover all over.

Nobody is at home: he crossed the Tuman River,
dreaming of what is beyond the currents and bushes,
choosing rather to die venturing for the uncertain

Than to live in a place where only lizards prosper
than everyday hear mosquito and fly buzz:
the only meaningful sound he had known his entire life.
break open
nature's skull

force grab
its brain

dissect it
into nano-pieces

mercilessly decipher
its thoughts—

impossible codes
unknown dreams
—Posted 8:44 AM 6/29/13 by eK! | Post Your Comment!

About the author. Papa Osmubal is Oscar Balajadia of Magalang (Well, don't get fooled by that name), now a Macau resident (Sorry, where?) and married to a Chinese local (How? How come? Why?). He has been a Catholic seminarian (OK, he once opened a book at an exam in Latin and Romance Languages—but who in frigging hell did not?), a Catholic missionary (Oh, the rosary is the answer to our country's economic problems and to your alcoholism and addiction to nicotine!), a bookstore staffer (Yes, sir, listen here, we know it is urgent, so your book is on its way from Guangzhou and will be here in 8 months!), a librarian (Oh, it's Friday the 13th and I am not putting 666 as Dewey call number on this bloody book!), and a teaching assistant (OK, pal, I know you prepared for the exams so I will check and mark them!). He is currently a teacher (yawn) and has an M.A. in English Studies (yawn even more, nod off, and then snore) from the University of Macau (sorry again, where?).
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