The Irony of Hiding A Copy of Ladlad 2 Behind the Bookshelf
I don’t know where
I should be more surprised—
Coming home to find my mother
Reading the copy of Ladlad
I had been hiding
For the past three months
Or for the fact that she
Is reading it at all?
Soon, papa is home
And she shows him the book.
I told them I bought it
From a book fair:
It was only fifty pesos, I said.
It was on sale, a huge discount
And I bought it without second thoughts
Before I realized I have nowhere to hide it.
It’s just here all along? Mama asks.
It’s been there for three months, mama.
Just behind the Narnia books, papa.
So, what do you want to know?
The title says it all.
It is out of the bookshelf, after all.
Art by Jessica Lopez