The Thirst I Keep

The thirst I keep

keeps still. You must not know.

The sun's rays seep

deep through my nape, yet sow


No sap. Wet's

ensconced in air. Its lair.

The moist weights down

upon my throat. And yet I musn't dare.



                         Philippines Free Press

September 27, 1969

English Enrichment for Grade 6

This poem, written when I was 20 and starting to teach at the University of the Philippines, was recently published in the IEMI publication English Enrichment, Grade 6 level. See page 7 for the poem.

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