RED

Mark Rothko, Red on Maroon (1959)
© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

Hindi ka hinayaang madapuan ng lamok
Pinagmamasdan ka lagi sa isang sulok
Mundo ko’y ganito, nababalot ng pula
Nais ko ay mapag-isa sa piling ng mga obra

Ngunit parang may kulang pa
Dadagdagan o babawasan ko ba?
Uupo na lang at magmumukmok
Hanggang ang utak ay mapuno ng usok

Not a mosquito I let touch you
Watching you from a corner is what I usually do
This is my world, engulfed by red
Around my work is where I wish to be instead

But there’s still something missing
Will I keep adding or decreasing?
I guess I’ll just sit down and mope
Until my brain is filled with smoke

(A poem inspired by John Logan’s Red)

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