[for Danii]

“History does not record this event—
it was a deep country where I went.”
—Cirilo F. Bautista, “Song”

The nymph of MTV takes off her coat
and rides the neon boat of memory.

Subliminal the sea she journeys across,
sepulchral green the frothy expanse

of gashing swells against fish and foam.
History does not record this, this passing

of memory to momentary madness,
needless impermanence, the lassitude

of loving. Upon reaching the coast,
she puts on her coat, then walks

to the dense foliage of forgetting.

Montage Vol. 6 • August 2002


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