Philippine Connection

Coming back from
the Philippines I
feel disconnected

its good to
have connections

i was told, it isn’t
what you know but
who you know

in my dreams i’m
on a connecting
flight that doesn’t
seem to connect

arms are connected
to torso, head is
connected to neck
belly button connected
to umbilical cord

but connections are
severed especially
on the phone

talking on the phone,
my uncle in Mindanao
always sounded like he
was in a speeding car
with the window down or
in a helicopter

and the call would
drop

and i am back in
SF and my spirit
calls me back from
the Philippines

i pick up the phone
and the voice breaks
through

“Where are you?”
it says

and then there’s static
and the sound of a
speeding car with the
window down

body and
spirit

connected

disconnected

(c) 2017 Tony Robles

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