There’s merriment
at the camp;
the devious laughter
of the troopers
drunk with wine and power
ring across the hall

But then
their squalid tales
of the massacre,
of their part in the kill –
keeps the troopers’
knees from trembling
and their teeth from
gnashing in fear…

For outside
the crying has stopped,
silence has gripped the night;
the angry masses have already gathered
to shush the merriment
at the camp

*In memory of slain comrade, Arman Albarillo, former Secretary General of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) Southern Tagalog. Albarillo, along with ten others, were felled by fascist bullets last June 30, 2012. 

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