Ode To This My Undead 2

Like divining rods that tremble
at the sensing of some hidden

I stretch my tired arms, lay them
down, slowly, like a pilgrim

with a heavy wreath
of cross

on my chest

hoping to still
the undead fountainhead
of these


There is a river deep
kept raging by the restless


It keeps washing away
the frail spillways

of my resolve


Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. is a Communications Officer in the Middle East and author of A Fistful of Moonbeams, his first poetry chapbook published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. Although foremost a poet, he is also a fictionist, an essayist and a playwright. Somoza hails from Siquijor Island in the Philippines. His writing has been widely published in his home country (Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphics, Ateneo University Press, Cultural Center of the Philippines, etc.) and internationally (Moria Poetry, Troubador 21, Gloom Cupboard, Haggard & Halloo, Barnwood International, etc.). He received a degree in Bachelor of Mass Communication from the University of the City of Manila and masteral units in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.