Concrete trees mount this jungle
the home of the corporate hoarders and lunchless laborers.
Sunlight veils its walls, producing shadows 
to shade the windowless homes.
Traffic symphony signals the roofless residents 
to wake-up, to look for a new cardboard sleeping bag
and to scout another cave for slumber.
Elite apes live in concrete treehouses
while peasant roaches creep the cemented ground.
Both live harmoniously
with freshly picked out supermarket fruits
and recycled meat as nourishment.
Garbage fertilizes the jungle streets
and nurtures the strong with bacteria.
Every night, bullet rain blesses this jungle
to purify it from weeds, and blood splatters
the walls, painting a geographical
map of metropolitan mass murders.

By Lakan Uhay Alegre

Lakan Uhay Dorado Alegre is a Waray of Tacloban City. His works have appeared in local media such as Dagmay, the Literary Journal of the Davao Writers Guild, and Lunop: Haiyan Voices. Currently, he is a BA- Comparative Literature (Philippine in English and in English Translation) junior in UP Diliman, where he continues writing poetry despite struggling with his readings.

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