If before midnight you catch a sight
of the golden leaf gliding into the well,
return by the moon’s lent light knowing
all is well, your prayer water stilled. What the wind
picks from the weary bough and tosses
in your way,
Love might keep the candles burning.
The nightingale might sing.
Jonel Abellanosa resides in Cebu City, the Philippines. His mainstream poetry appeared or will appear in numerous print and online journals. His speculative poetry has appeared in Star*Line, Inwood Indiana Press and Liquid Imagination. He is working on his first poetry collection, Multiverse.