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Simeon Dumdum Jr.: Barrio Road

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Here the river has the right of way.

The jeep crosses the water and glides

into noon.

Somnolent, we see shadows of coco trees

But forget where they are.

Then a jolt, as the jeep, its engine purring,

stops to let two startled pigeons flush across

and miss the fender, as does a goat that claims,


The right of rivers.

Bonbon River, Lahug, Cebu City | October 25, 2010

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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