Poem from Manila

In a yank-drenched city such as this,
One can only go amiss
on a day like today
when forced to say “yey!
let’s show our love with a merchandised kiss.”

Cardboard hearts and
commercial strawberry tarts
are substitutes for…
….what?
roses constricted by cellophane wrap,
chocolates suffocated by polystyrene crap
are supposed tokens of..
…what?
force fed cliche-drenched poetry
premanufactured rhymes passed between you and me
are proof of…
…what?
buying into this, buying into that
brainwashed, beautified
artificial tat.

-Rebecca Gillman, Manila (14/2/06)

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