When it rains on a Melbourne summer,
I hang the round laundry rack
near the heating above my head
like the low chandelier in the sala
back home, where the word is a room
for living, where it stands on its heels
without leaning in the white spaces
between words I now find myself cussing with.
El demonio de las comparaciones has one brown eye,
and another a pale blue – earth and sky witness sin.
*Sala is Filipino for ‘living room’ and ‘sin’.
*’El demonio de las comparaciones’, the devil of comparisons is from Jose Rizal’s Noli me Tangere