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Chamber


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Chamber
Photo by Ehsan Habashi on Unsplash

Written in 1992, the poem was first published in Caracoa, the Poetry Journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council.


By Argee Guevarra

His pulse leaps at a switch,
nodes stethoscoping
the balls of his belief.
The pain of ohms
metre his grit,
a swift charge
for his string of guilt.

An iron stick
drills his teeth
As water slips to blimp
his lungs. Once full
his body sinks,
mind adrift:
the spirit shrifts!

Boots rifle butts
stamp his ribs;
fists graph maps
of blue and black,
squeezing red
from a dead-stubborn
cranium crack.

(The chamber is a stage.
a stage where humans rage).


About the poet:

Roberto “Argee” Guevarra is a lawyer by profession, an activist by preoccupation and a poet by vocation.  He used to write lifestyle and opinion pieces for several magazines and newspapers in the Philippines and co-authored a poetry anthology. He currently lives in Pasig City and is kept sane by Zippo, a French bulldog.

Chamber was originally published in Caracoa, the Poetry Journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council.


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