At Katibawasan

by Justine Camacho Tajonera

It is not true
that all things
are born
in warmth.

A strong stem
of white water
plunges into
a corner of
the emerald pool.

My arms are
pale greeen
the water.

Swallows crush
their wings
the water's surface.

And I am in the
of some
nameless ecstasy,
emerging from
as ice.

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Justine Camacho – Tajonera was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Her mother named her after Justine, the stepdaughter of Justine Hosnani, from the Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. She lost her mother at the age of three and this loss has been a recurring theme in her work. She has a degree in Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) where she got a Dean’s Award for the Arts for her prose and poetry. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued an M.A. in English Literature to keep her close to her first love of writing., She has had her poetry published in several anthologies and local publications and she recently published her eBook, <a href="" target="_blank">Artemis Lets Go</a>, on She maintains a poetry blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Claiming Alexandria</a>, from which she has gathered most of the poems for her book, <a href="" target="_blank">Gift</a>., She works full time in the mobile content industry in the Philippines, is married and has two children. Writing is her passion and she will continue to write all her life.

Last updated May 16, 2013