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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. is a Communications Officer in the Middle East and author of 'A Fistful of Moonbeams', his first poetry chapbook published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. Although foremost a poet, he is also a fictionist, an essayist and a playwright. Somoza hails from Siquijor Island in the Philippines. His writing has been widely published in his home country (Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphics, Ateneo University Press, Cultural Center of the Philippines, etc.) and internationally (Moria Poetry, Troubador 21, Gloom Cupboard, Haggard & Halloo, Barnwood International, etc.). He received a degree in Bachelor of Mass Communication from the University of the City of Manila and masteral units in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr.

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Silence of the Seabirds

Perhaps we were born into water
We skim bodies with our eyes
Close as a kiss to the glass heart
Of these protean seas
We have nothing. But, wings,
Bearing our weight, they wear out
So soon our dreams wither
Like dead leaves drowning in the waves
Disquieted by the silence of the seabirds