Merlie M. Alunan

Merlie M. Alunan


Born
in Dingle, Iloilo, Philippines
December 14, 1943


MERLIE M. ALUNAN spent time in different places in the Visayas and Mindanao at different times in her life and thus acquired a level of fluency in the major Visayan languages. She finished the Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of the Visayas, major in English and her Master’s Degree at Silliman University as a Fellow for Literature. She taught in several schools all over the Visayas: Silliman University itself as part of her Fellowship deal; Divine Word College in Tagbilaran City (now Holy Name University); and finally as faculty of UPV Tacloban College where she initiated creative writing workshops and intensified her advocacy to encourage the young to write in the native language. While doing her workshops with its specific ...more

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Amina Among the Angels

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“We kept a jarful of keys
on a forgotten shelf
in the house.
What doors they opened,
or what they kept forever locked,
before they came by accident
or chance into our little jar,
we never learned.”
Merlie M. Alunan, Hearthstone, Sacred Tree

“These boys bent over their food,
intense as harmless cubs feeding,
rapt with every morsel melting
in their mouths—feral rhythm
moves their very breath,
their strong young teeth chomping,
grinding the gristle of meat.

So little it takes to pleasure them—
they eat what they can get,
savoring a fine fillet
with equal fervor as the bits
stuck to a bone or clinging to a plate.
Watching them feed, I seem to see them
under my very eyes growing, bones
lengthening, muscle stretching,
their very skulls
thickening around each one’s own
danger zones of memory.”
Merlie M. Alunan, Hearthstone, Sacred Tree

“She battened on a truth
she knew I too must own:
when what’s at stake
is loyalty or love,
hers are the true rights.”
Merlie M. Alunan, Hearthstone, Sacred Tree



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