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April 6, 2019


Last year, at one of Where the Write Things Are’s creative writing classes, we had a session on writing Ambahan.

Ambahan is the traditional poetry of the Hanunuo Mangyans of Oriental Mindoro. They carved these on bamboo in their own script. The young writers of Where the Write Things Are played with these, strictly keeping the required 7 syllables per line.

We just had to include these pieces in Where the Write Things Are’s latest anthology, In Our Own Words Vol. 5.

Book cover art by Jamie Bauza; Book design by Liza Flores



by Karl Cedric Gonzaga

Over and over again

I feel the pain rushing in

Oh god, when will this hell end?


I Will Haunt You Tonight

by Julien Roberts


I see the future and past

I see the dark but no light

I want to haunt you tonight.



by Karl Cedric Gonzaga


Why did you leave me weakened?

And why did you leave me scarred?

Oh, why did you break my heart?

What the heck did I do wrong?

Why didn’t you come along?

I love you, I really do

But you chose another dude


The Radiant Moon

by Marion Chan                  


I marvel at the moonrise

And it bathes me in its light

Shining, wonderful, this moon

So very glorious are you

No need for color or light

Radiant, ever glowing moon.


It’s You

by Karl Cedric Gonzaga


I get sad and I get blue

Whenever I think of you

How about all those moments

How about those “I love you’s?

I doubt they even mattered

Oh, well, at least not to you

I am trapped in the darkness

Just tell me what did I do

I asked you why you left me

You said, “It’s not me, it’s you.”




Photos by Prof. Carole Raymundo Diamante for Antom Postma Collection


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