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[Poem] From Tinder to Flame

From Tinder To Flame Chapter 1 of Uriel’s Prophecies I meet Uriel in a park across the street From a local cafe in Little Italy, Their mask bright and glittering with fractal Holographic flames, covering half their face Short thick curls of their beard peeping Out in the gaps of the string looped Around ears […]

Poem: Lessons in Unprofitability

This is what I learned you start off full of excitement and hope finally! something that you believe in! finally! something that can help people! finally! something… just but underneath it all is weeping relief that says “finally, I’m gonna be saved” This is what I learned next, you think it’s about your resume not […]

charity

Throwback Thursday: Charity (2011)

https://youtu.be/sMyBEQNyVCY Image Description: A photo of the a bronze statue of a Filipina woman, the bust of her head larger than the background depicting the Philippine Revolution. The words at the top read: “Tandang Sora Memorial Shrine at Himlayang Pilipino, Quezon City, Philippines”. The title reads “Charity”. The website addresses are “Lukayo.com” and “www.patreon.com/lukayo”. Content Warning: […]

Fresh Friday: Bitoon

Before the word “trauma” was taken from the Greeks By the English and brought to Luzon and Bisayan shores via American false promises of salvation My people knew it already In the stories of creation I knew it already In the rhythm of my family’s name When I listen to these social workers and doctors […]

Throwback Thursday: The Civilizer

Original 2008; Revised 2018 Hello. Have you ever felt that your life was savage, barbaric, less than ideal? Tired of living close with the earth? Bored of your rich, oral traditions? Suddenly doubting the validity of the herbal knowledge that’s served your community for hundreds of years? Fed up with the symbiotic relationship of humans, […]

Fresh Friday: By Tooth and Claw

For Luka When Bear came to me in a dream, I felt alone in the world and abandoned by Creator Her form seemed like a hulking threat A silent judgement Yet she waited till I approached Night after night year after year She was my strength and my balm To my tears and aches my […]

Scars

Throwback Thursday: Scars

Image Description: A black-and-white ink drawing of an eye with dark sclera emerging out of a wound with three stitches on either side. The word “SCARS” is superimposed on top and faded, with Lukayo’s signature in English and basahan/baybayin under the “R” and “S” of the word “SCARS”. Content Warning: allusions to death, sexual assault, […]

Fresh Friday: A Litany of Things That Were Never Yours For The Taking

Content Warning: Sexual assault, franchise colonialism, settler colonialism, anti-Black racism, cisgenderism/transphobia, misogyny, femmephobia Image description: A photograph taken by Lukayo Estrella of the Mayon Volcano, with coconut trees and lush jungle in the foreground. The text over the photograph reads: “A Litany of Things That Were Never Yours For the Taking” and “patreon.com/lukayo“. A Litany […]