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April 30, 2010

POEM Against Impunity: For the Victims of the Ampatuan Massacre

Filed under: Memorials,Poetry — EL @ 8:58 am
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These Ruins Remain My Only Gifts

© by Emily Porcincula Lawsin

In Memory of the Victims of the Ampatuan Massacre


For you, brown widow, I bring

Your journalist’s tattered notebooks, exploded pens, and spilt ink-wells:

The shape of kneeling railroad spikes with rusted springs.


Followed by lost door knockers and burnt iron fence posts,

Cross-bound by Manila hemp and splintered bamboo:

Confiscated garden tools guarded by guilt, but no shame.



All found objects one comrade collects as art

Mirrored here in the dustbowl’s abandoned fields,

Where a caravan of blood stains the tire-marked grasses


And the east wind blows fire into the   seas   that   part     us.


Here, we cannot bury our grief in an unmarked coffin!

Shaken by such shallow graves sinking beside us,

Our children scream as the ancestors wake.


While we find pebbles, pennies, and partial pesos as poor pacifiers

To string this raging rosary, chanting for justice across sacred lands:

My God, my god, why have you forsaken me?



April 29, 2010

Ann Arbor, Michigan

For the

Anthology of Rage: 100 Poems. 100 Filipino Poets.

Edited by Joel Salud (on Facebook)



  1. AWESOME EMILY…you are a powerful force with your words…

    Comment by Sylvia Nery Strickland — November 27, 2010 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Ms Emily Lawsin c/o Mr Joel Salud,

    The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and Concerned Artists of the Philippines will stage A Night of Poetry and Music on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Access Point, Sct. Borromeo, Quezon City, Philippines

    I was looking for more poems and saw this composition of yours.

    Ma’am Emily/Sir Joel, can we possibly include this and perhaps other poems for the event? We will gladly acknowledge you and other poets for the poems that participants will read tomorrow. Hope you will allow us. Thank you so much. – Sonny Fernandez, Director, NUJP, +63.917.918.1044

    Comment by Sonny Fernandez — November 15, 2011 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

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