Silence of the Seabirds by Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr.

Silence of the Seabirds

by Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr.


Perhaps we were born into water

We skim bodies with our eyes

Close as a kiss to the glass heart

Of these protean seas

We have nothing. But, wings,

Bearing our weight, they wear out

So soon our dreams wither

Like dead leaves drowning in the waves

Disquieted by the silence of the seabirds


Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. is a Communications Officer in the Middle East and author of ‘A Fistful of Moonbeams’, his first poetry chapbook published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. Although foremost a poet, he is also a fictionist, an essayist and a playwright. Somoza hails from Siquijor Island in the Philippines. His writing has been widely published in his home country (Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphics, Ateneo University Press, Cultural Center of the Philippines, etc.) and internationally (Moria Poetry, Troubador 21, Gloom Cupboard, Haggard & Halloo, Barnwood International, etc.). He received a degree in Bachelor of Mass Communication from the University of the City of Manila and masteral units in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.