A Farewell To Manila

Jared David, Guest Contributor

A Farewell to Manila, Philippines
Jared David
Mahal kita
Na masakit
“I love you”
“That hurts”
These words
I only know
From a language that is
Completely dead
To me
Everything else
Is dead air
Except those
Two phrases
One of damnation
And one of
This language I denied
Is a whole other world
I chose to live in
Simple ignorance
Only to protect myself
From having to relearn
All the emotions
In a completely different way
Coming out of a
Second experience
Only to not know what goes after
Mahal kita