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Sacred Time
by Eileen R. Tabios

 

Dear
Lola who
with measured movements

and utmost care
takes her
time

smoothening
and folding
such an insignificant

object, this very
crumpled plastic
bag—

she raises the
tiny folded
object

to me so
I can
store

it for her us
in kitchen
drawer.

As the polyethylene
passes between
us

I suddenly see
my favorite
photograph

of myself—I
was 21-years-old,
face

still dewy with
an innocence
(protected

by a college
sweetheart), still
unlined

by knowledge, still
open from
days

and days of
touching sunlit
sky…

[First published in OCHO, Ed. Didi Menendez]

© Eileen R. Tabios

 

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