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Recurrence

Sa dulo ako ng jeep nakaupo, sa tabi ng pasukan. Nakatingin ako sa iniiwan naming daan as if looking at an endless dark hole with accents of intermittent lights from houses at least ten meters away from each other, somethimes farther.

Harurot kami. Iba talaga ang lamig ng hangin sa Nueva Ecija, I can breathe this hanggang mamatay.

Bigla akong tumalon sa jeep, nangisay na parang bato ang kundoktor na katapat ko. Napatili ang pasaherong nurse which made the whole jeepney screech its breaks, itinapon ng inertia lahat ng pasahero paharap.

I didn’t smash on concrete road. I exploded in silence instead. Nagkapira-piraso ang laman at buto ko into tiny petals of white daisies, katulad noong dinidilig namin bago at pagkatapos pumasok noong Grade 1 ako – two plots of daisies were assigned to me.

Tinangay ako ng hangin na parang sumasayaw na tuyong dahon ng caimito kapag nahuhulog mula sa puno. Remember the storm of confetti sa Makati rally against Arroyo? Something like that but not like that. Every piece of the daisy petals fell as if raindrops na naghihintay makauwi sa lupa, every piece quietly found its place kaya walang magkadikit o magkapatong man lang.

Bumaba silang lahat, mouth ajar, dumbfounded. Hinanap nila ako with the lights of their cellphones on but they only found thousands of petals scattered in the ground as if reflecting the stars above them that midnight.

Kinabukasan, the incident happened again. Then the next day, and the next, tuloy-tuloy for two weeks.Nagkaroon ng provincial order na lagyan ng pinto at lock lahat ng jeep. The governor’s office hanggang munisipyo at barangay declared a state of emergency kasi napuno na ng mga talulot ng bulaklak ang buong highway at hirap na hirap na silang magwalis.

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Images from @archillect.

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