Coming Full Circle

(For Salve and Sheng)

Here we are all coming full circle,

All of us exiles from within and without,

Expatriates too of the soulmindheart.

We begin with what is there:

An investment with memory of water


Stories too of our struggles

In this land lived but not yet

Loved, this land of circlessorrowssongs.

We stay close to the midpoint:

We go round and round

Like lines not intersecting,

Spheres spheres spheres

Halving halving halving

Into tears and joys and ennui,

This terminus to an exit ending

Where another circle begins,

Marking our life ending

Encircling encircling encircling.

Aurelio S. Agcaoili

Los Angeles, CA


*Recipient of the 2003 Editor's Choice Award, ILP

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