Jam Pascual graduated from Ateneo De Manila University with a degree in Creative Writing. He currently works as an editor for Rogue magazine and a columnist for Young Star, the youth section of The Philippine Star. Has work either has been or will be published in Rambutan Literary and Paper Monster Press.
A Tributary Speaks to Narcissus
Moss falls away from the skin
of toppled trees and collects
at the bottoms of lakes. You can see
from the cliff face cross section
how high the water used to be.
There is the carrying down,
the carrying out, the visage
loaded to break before you
can even lower your head.
You spend enough time here,
whether you stand by the bank or row
through my hands—which I inherited
from the rain—and you learn
to recognize which birds are searching
for what by the tone of the ether.
That’s all you need. Nothing else,
not even the moment they come down
to skim the surface of the water.
How high the water used to be.
Do you expect eye contact?
There’s no time for that.