A fully-wound voluntary

     Has been deciding against you since day three
     Butting to sleep one advocacy after another.

     Shall we dance is no way to mend this
     Or lightly address

     The principled poor set around us but not in
     Your smile an open road the

     Gap, a whistling pothole.
          5 & 6: Supply, demand.

     We have been stretching a spirit thin,
     we have been what

     soul is the meaning of this.

Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo teaches nonfiction at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and maintains a blog here. His poetry has appeared online in hal., HESA, SOFTBLOW, Transit, and The Cabinet.