Friday, March 11, 2016

Fishing--By April Mae M. Berza--Philippines


I was fishing for words
on this sunny day
to cook a poem
and serve it hot
for you

but it was in the stream of silence
I have gone fishing.

Still, hour after hour,
I tried my bait.
It is made up of memories
we once have shared.

Before the end of the day,
I have ended up with nothing
but a few lines
I have promised you.

After digesting the verse,
you ask for more.

April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014.) Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in the US, Canada, Romania, India, Japan, UK and the Philippines. Her poems are translated in Crimean Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in Liwayway, The Siren, Poetica, Calliope, Maganda, Metric Conversions, Ani, The Manila Times, Contemporary Verse 2, and elsewhere. Her poem "E-Martial Law" was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/ She is a member of Poetic Genius Society. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.