‘SPOILED’


Child of martyrs, stumping

for her brother’s birthright

to ascend the throne.

Who better to untangle

the skeins of skin and rot

than a reluctant heir?

Raised to honor legacy,

the son soars, tethered

by a million yellow ribbons.

Behind the righteous shroud

sprawls Luisita, red-stained,

beyond the pale of justice.

What about them? She smiles.

Luisita is love. So much love,

she says, workers were ‘spoiled’

Paradise lost to the rabble?

Think graveyard, where the gods

dance on the carcasses of slaves

Photo of a victim of Hacienda Luisita massacre by KM64
Photo of a victim of Hacienda Luisita massacre by KM64