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POETRY

Danton Remoto

Goodbye

This is how you say goodbye:

You give him the tightest 
Hug back in the hotel,
Your arms wound 

 

Around him as if never
Wanting to let go,
Telling him you love him 

As he wordlessly hugs 
You back, with his shield 
Of silence.

But in the cab ride to Changi,
He tells you happy
Stories:

About the days you spent
On Bantayan Island,
Walking on sand 

White as milk,
The endless stories
Told on the beach,

His hand locked in yours—
Your skins blending
Into one—

The night sky suddenly
Alive with the wounds
Of stars.

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