Good Friday

Cristina A. Montes

The hottest time of year
is silent
save for chant
and chirping birds.

The silence
intensifies the heat
for us who swelter
in churchgoing clothes.

The year’s first mangoes
dangle from the branch
of our neighbor’s tree.

Cristina A. Montes currently works in the Philippine Supreme Court. She graduated A.B. Humanities Specializing in Philosophy from the University of Asia and the Pacific in 1997 and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 2005.

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