Tenth Day of Wishing

Tenth Day of Wishing
by Anthony Q. Rabang

It’s been a while since the last time
that I’ve seen the bright glow of the sun.
Today is the tenth day of wishing for things
that I used to admire and appreciate
on normal days at the park, at the backyard.

Days in which I can just close my eyes
with arms stretched wide while feeling
the soft breeze brushing against my dry skin.

Days in which I can watch birds of different colors
move from one telephone line to another.

Days in which I can freely chase a runaway kite
until my lungs struggle for air, my knees buckle;
and decide to just wait for the afterglow sky.

Near my bed,
a budding succulent on the accent desk
keeps me hoping that these kinds of days
are within arm’s reach.


Anthony Q. Rabang finished his BS Biology at the University of the Philippines – Baguio in 2015. He started writing short poems (haiku and senryu) while soul-searching in January 2016. His work has been published in Akitsu Quarterly, Cattails, Gnarled Oak, The Mainichi, World Haiku Review, and Under the Basho, among others. In 2017, he won third prize in the 3rd International Haiku Contest sponsored by the Bulgarian Haiku Union, and an honorable mention award in the 6th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest – English Section.

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