Summer 1993 • Vol. XV No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1993 |

Inventing the Filipino

Let's celebrate the yoyo-makers. Before you named it "Walking the Baby" And "Cat's Cradle," our folks Climbed trees, those agile monkeys, Knocking down the day's meal With the world's first yoyo Created from twine, a skull- Sized stone and the spittle Of gods. What about that jeep That bounced on the moon? We Thought of that, too. From The war's heap you left behind. When you first landed there In '69, bouncing like the kids You are, tossing lunar balls, Our Miss Philippines pinned on, Demurely, Miss Universe's crown. She now rides horses, up and down, Her makeup artist strategically Throwing buckets of water Between her breasts. We have more Elvises than we can count. And of Course, our very own Marie Antoinette, Who has only you to thank For the shape of her ankles. We're a graceful lot, you know. Great dancers in G-strings, Especially under dim red Lights. We'd like to join you Someday, very much. And so We sway to our sad-sweet songs, Longing to be the fifty-first appendix. Till

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