Pinay's Letter From Hongkong


From a luxuriant fantasy it all commenced,

I emptied my pockets and gathered my experience.


In the rising buildings and billboards I took shelter,

A tagak's egg I hoped to discover.


My Intsik employer feigns kindness,

When the night is silent he rapes me--


Because he promised ceramics and jade,

I offered my fear to the altar of AIDS.


Now I discover his duplicity,

Even if our breasts repeatedly entangle.


The loose filth is even thicker in my hair,

My ivory mind despairs.


Even the hipís measure is deficient

For the emotional pain I bear--listen to me:


Because I rush to become wealthy,

I am pregnant now, without a place to occupy.