Paean

Self would like to live on bihud or tuyo with rice, forever.

Give her talangka, with all its orange-y, spicy richness.

Or soup liberally laced with pork cracklings and bone marrow.

Give her liempo.

Give her ukoy.

Give her inasal.

Give her kalamayhati from Pendy’s.

Yes, give her all the things that are sure to clog up her arteries.

Oh, why couldn’t self have fallen in love with salad greens and vegetables?  With talong and kamatis?

The things that taste so good are Trojan horses.  Self knows.

But at least she’ll be filled up.  At least she’ll never be hungry.  At least she’ll know contentment.

Stay tuned.

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