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. His poetry has appeared online in hal., HESA, SOFTBLOW, Transit, and The Cabinet.   Web.