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"He walks along the beach, and finds a used condom. The waves are full of innocence, as though playing they sway the rubber to the sea and then back to the shore. He walks farther and finds a syringe....'"

on hac sa beach
by papa osmubal


Hac Sa Beach is just the right place to be in when one wants to look at the noisy city and be judge over it or to walk without really going anywhere. Like what this man does. He looks at the city that is just like a small figure in a picture frame or on the boob tube, to be exact, rat-gray smoke bellowing from construction sites and factories. He murmurs something not even the wind can grasp. He walks and…

Hac Sa Beach, by the way, doesn't need introduction to one who is from Macau or who has been there at least. But for those who haven't been to the territory, Hac Sa is the only beach that Macau can boast of, although there is nothing special about it save for its coal-black sand where it got its name: “hac / hak” is “black” in Cantonese, and “sa” is “sand”.

…. He walks along the beach, and finds a used condom. The waves are full of innocence, as though playing they sway the rubber to the sea and then back to the shore. He walks farther and finds a syringe. Next to it is a pair of abandoned slippers. What has happened to the owner? Has he or she gone home and left them here? When one is alone on the beach, one's head becomes a vast sea of questions.

Strolling a little farther, he stumbles upon a pocket knife. He picks it up and finds that it is smudged with blood. He shakes his head and hurls the knife into the sea. The sea is stabbed and the splash of water is like impatient blood gushing from a fresh wound.


Papa Osmubal is a graduate student at the University of Macau, in Southern China, taking Master of Art in English Studies.  His wife and children make his home an eternal spring. He has been anthologized in Synaptic Graffiti: Slam the Body Politik (Literature and Art on CD, Australia, 2004); Mitochondria: an Anthology of Rarities and Loose Ends (USA, 2004); and Honoring Fathers: An International Poetry Collection (University of the  Philippines Press, 2005).  His poems have appeared in various places, hardcopy and online, and several are forthcoming in The Golden Lantern, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), Word Riot, Leaf Press, The Taj Mahal Review, and others.

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