September 16, 2011


We step to a stately measure
you and I sedately flirt
around each other

will not have me ardent: emotion
is unsophisticated.
To speak of love we must
quote; your aesthetic will not
admit of creative stutter.

you are lord
and I must wait, but

there are only so many steps to
a dance, and only so many words
to Byron.

Why there is no need for M. Fred
                in Modern Society

We all of us are
aluminum pots
crack proof.
dented?  easier
replaced than mended.

                                                           - Ma. Lorena Barros
              Philippine Collegian
              May 22, l966