Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy 21st Birthday, Joey!!!

Family Portrait - 2008 - photo by Peter J. Crowley

Batang Lalake

(Baby Boy)

his speech lagged at three
born with babies crying in his ears
now man-heavy
his voice: bass and harmonica
as if he were bobbing and reading
sheet music at the same time
woolly mornings and stretched
tight nights overcrowded him
gruff tree against the realm—
my boy at man's threshold
determined to etch on his coat of arms
permanent ink of love and mirth
no yardstick
no barometer, just him
over there in the heart
of the labyrinth

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