Breathing Hole

By Jim Pascual Agustin

after Kieslowski’s “White”

A broken heart is a suitcase
with a breathing hole.

You go home seeing no more
than the size of a thumbprint
in a passport you’ve lost.

To speak to her again
would mean learning
a new language,

finding your way
out of a dump, negotiating
with people until you trust

your nose once more.
But first you have to tumble
out of that suitcase.


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Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates in Filipino and English. His randomly updated blog is He is deeply saddened and outraged by the policy claimed to be an all out war on drugs by the current president of the Philippines who was placed in power by a plurality vote, and not by a majority. This policy has resulted in the terror-inducing surge of summary executions of anyone alleged to be illegal drug peddlers or drug users.

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