I reside in Cebu City, The Philippines. When I am not writing, I tend a small garden of flowers and edible plants. I also have two beloved dogs, and have been signing petitions worldwide to help save dogs and provide them with comfortable lives. My poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in the Philippines and abroad. I have two chapbooks, and my poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Dwarf Stars Award.
Lovers in a Fresco
We’re glorified in his fame’s afterglow.
As his mind’s depths and shades of indigo,
We’re one, talking of Michelangelo.
Beneath Bartholomew’s flayed skin is blue,
The artist’s deep yearns fleshed with nude yellow.
Angels glory in his light’s afterglow.
The snake coiled round Minos, as prayers flow,
Silence solemn as candles in their glow:
We breathe, dreaming of Michelangelo.
In our congregation blends the rainbow –
Oranges, hues of the virtuoso,
How he colored our delight’s afterglow
And the grays, the whites, the body’s shadow.
Peter, Paul, John, Lawrence and the widow
Of Joseph, Christ of Michelangelo –
We sing the artist’s desires, and we bow.
The rich, the poor, the colored come and go,
Gloried in the faith and its afterglow,
In God’s house – dome of Michelangelo.
First published in The Literary Hatchet
©2017 Jonel Abellanosa
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