Our lives require pruning too. Through time, we accumulate things, narratives, relationships, and ideologies that we carry with us. Pruning is about taking a step back and letting go of all those that are weighing us down; saying no to what is no longer aligned with the life we’d like to build, so we could be free to become the version that we seek.
I wrote this in Dahlgren Chapel almost one year ago. I consider it as the simplest but also the most honest poem I’ve ever written. I think I’m the type of person who could never ‘unlove’ someone, and this poem holds all the goodwill and tenderness I will always have for every person who had walked with me at some point in my life.
People who have lost a parent often say that what you miss the most are not the grand memories, but the small gestures that seemed so ordinary at the time.
While feminism seems to be en vogue (based on the proliferation of statement slogan shirts and branded empowerment campaigns targeted towards women), many are still intimidated by the term or are afraid to be associated as one. For some Filipinos, the word feminist is synonymous to being a man-hater, angry activist, or closeted lesbian.