Runner-Up Poem in the Shahid Ali Ghazal Contest

Vince Gotera Aswang Ghazal: Santiago’s Confession As long as I can remember, I’ve been aswang. Deadly hidden fact, the fate and life of an aswang. As a boy I found I could sprout black sleek fur, but only in hiding. Never to shout, “I Am Aswang!” The urge so great, so deeply seductively tempting, To…