Velocity of blood, nourishment from
Artery swooning me. I smell velvets to
My embrace, centuries of stones and thorns,
Passages of agony. I suffer under the bed of
Immortality, patron to desires, my own
Recalcitrance, dreading the sun’s hunger
Extinguished in serenities of ashes
Jonel Abellanosa resides in Cebu City, the Philippines. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Anglican Theological Review, The McNeese Review, Pedestal and Bangalore Review. He has a chapbook, Pictures of the Floating World (Kind of a Hurricane Press). He’s working on two collections, Multiverse and 100 Acrostic Poems.