spotless glass

12/03/2012
gesture of the flowers©papa osmubal

gesture of the flowers©papa osmubal

spotless glass
jenny oliveros lao

looking through the window

the spotless glass
doesn’t allow wind or flowers
even a moment of hiding

as a dance on the stage
each gesture of the flowers
predicted
drops of rain
each merge
tracing on the glass
to be measured

I breathe out on the transparent glass
giving them some privacy
until I’m tired of breathing like this

in the wind’s steps
the merging of the rain

light goes
night escorts stillness back
in front of the window
in the spotless glass
I am the figure
judged judging

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on heartbreak*

20/06/2011
flowers ©papa osmubal

flowers ©papa osmubal

on heartbreak*
jenny oliveros lao

I say– heartbreak is
a wedding dress
after the ceremony–
never to be worn again.

It’s the flowery bell that
ring thrice-–
and then taken down-–
like a bunch of lilies being thrown
and caught then put aside-–

A heartbreak is a banquet
after desserts are served-–
after guests are gone-–
left only the echoes of-–
                                            goodbye


* from Poem Hunter


hide-and-seek*

20/06/2011
towards the light ©papa osmubal

towards the light ©papa osmubal

hide-and-seek*
jenny oliveros lao

Hide-and-seek is a divine game
where the soul is revealed
before a hiding is found

He gave no notice to
the naked crowd before Him-–
but set His eyes on those
who played His game–


* from Poem Hunter


you

19/06/2011
young couple ©papa osmubal

young couple ©papa osmubal

you
jenny oliveros lao

you are
a first encounter
bread that survived me

your body a bridge
singing and laughter

the wedding dress
after ceremony
not to be worn

how many hopes?
a whole world is hidden

and as if day never existed
 
banquet after dessert,
guests are gone
echoes eloped with

you are
the new animal
come growling for crumbs

your world
arrives in applause


from Poetry Macao


14/03/2009

Jenny Oliveros Lao has a degree in Tourism Studies, and an MBA from the Inter-University Institute of Macau. She is currently a lecturer in English at the Macau Polytechnic Institute and an MA student in English Studies at the University of Macau.