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Poetry by Margaux V. Generao

Summoning of the evil spirit


I am a witness.

of the evil, shape-shifting

spirit hovering

too nearly

outside my window.

Going around in circles

close to home,

heart,

mind.

Taking in one identity, structure,

or angle today,

then another one

tomorrow...


The 'aswang'—

shape-shifting from its original forms:

injustice.

oppression.

violence.

All these hovering too closely

by my window,

but can never really bring damage

to my home.


Despite the comfort

from these thick walls,

I am still a witness.

Of how the governing reckless power

summoned this evil spirit.

Of how

it wreaked havoc in the middle

of a pandemic.

Being JUST a witness,

I have the choice—

to ignore

this evil spirit and keep my

peace,

or to let the

fear,

anger, and

passion it brings me,

to not just be a witness,


but also be a FILIPINO.


... a Filipino speaking up,

passionately fighting

for change,

being a sphere of influence

in my own little ways,

and helping create the talisman

of change,

justice, and

peace...


To finally send the 'aswang' away.




Margaux V. Generao (she/her) is a Grade 11 Humanities and Social Sciences student at the School of Saint Anthony in Lagro, Quezon City, Philippines. She is also the current Editor-in-Chief in English of the School of Saint Anthony’s official publications, the Sapientia et Virtus/ Ang Paglalayag, for almost 2 years now. Being in the field of Campus Journalism since elementary, Margaux was exposed to the social, political, and economic agents that shape the realities of people at a young age, which is why as an adolescent in the journey of finding her purpose and role in society, her heart developed a soft spot for the marginalized and oppressed people⁠—of all ages, genders, and race⁠—in society. She found both a passion and a calling to give voices to these people through her writing. 


She can be contacted through her email address generao.margaux@gmail.com, her Facebook account Margaux Generao, or her Instagram account @margxau. 

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