Amy L. Pabalan
Amy L. Pabalan was made and delivered in San Francisco, with original parts from the Philippines. Forged in Daly City fog, she started writing in the fifth grade when she discovered a book of Langston Hughes’ work in the school library. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Jose State University, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Southern California. She returned to her childhood home with her husband to be caregivers for her mother and father, who passed away respectively in 2017 and 2020. Amy continues to dream, write and craft. Not necessarily in that order.
Poems on Belonging
BOXES I’m drowning in clutter Five decades in the making Boxes and boxes of stuff And you’re not here To tell me what to do Unused yarn and kitchenware mock me as I say “I can still use this!” But what about Undated pictures of holiday tables filled with your dishes Greeting cards bound by disintegrating rubber bands loved received over the years over and over Prayer cards of saints frayed at the edges surely memorized from whispering over and over I put everything back minus the junk mail, printouts of email jokes, and high blood pressure readings Mentally labeling each box: Hold for now CAMERA ROLL Scrolling as if I’ll find more I know exactly when there are no more new pictures of you.
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