Fishing On My Right Brain, Dimly by Lawdenmarc Decamora

lit, this cerebral water runs as fast as a one-night stand,

as quick as champignons popping out of my other brain,
the country of scientific soup I always want served

warm in my study while reading my 4-year old, newly
discovered piscine knowledge of statuesque catatonia,

such perfect softness I cannot hide from the world.
Secrets? They’re meant to catch the same rain flooding

the head, but not the heart overflowing with lyrical measure
poised between the pulsing night and fishing—

which is a heavenly option for both relationships
and creativity starting to set fire at four in the morning.

By creativity I mean I have never gone fishing
on that left brain pond by the hairy woods; I go hunting

perhaps chasing a numero uno animal counted out
and beaten down by the human mind’s logic,

a calculation of some sort, as if a wrestler smartly tapping
out to save ideas swimming through my right brain lake.

Lawdenmarc Decamora
Lawdenmarc Decamora is a graduate student of literary and cultural studies at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). He holds an MFA in creative writing and has been a fellow of prestigious regional and national creative writing and criticism workshops in the Philippines. His poems and short stories were published in Mad Swirl, TAYO Literary Magazine of California (Issue 5), WE ARE A WEBSITE Literary & Art Journal of Singapore, Cruising Magazine of Manila Bulletin, To Voice My Own, Paper Monster Press, and BUKAMBIBIG Issue One: “Crowds”, among others. His long poem “Dude” is forthcoming in the winter 2017 issue of TAYO. He also has presented papers in international and national conferences. He is currently a faculty member and a research fellow of the oldest existing university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas (UST).


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