Have you ever been warned that playing safe won’t get you anywhere?
by Lolito Go
So there’s try in poetry. And in carpentry too.
Yes, in palmistry as well. What else to say
but try. Poetry is to try to hammer your palm
without breaking a bone. Poetry nails it.
Poetry is a line on a palm that translates
into the cryptic language of seers. And language
is the realized dream of the bone. Or the tooth.
You see, poetry tries hard to endure its opposite:
a man hurting from a hammer that fell right unto
his head. What else to say but — what else?
To say is but to try and fall and break.
So try another art that does not hurt.
For example, dentistry. The intimate practice
of taking care of someone else’s mouth.
Or sometimes, the brutal art of benumbing a gum
before uprooting a tooth that’s not your own.
Source: Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry