You said it was for PE Class.
Then you handed me a tape measure,
and I smoothened out the numbers
and the lines between them,
trying to get your fingerprints on my thumbs,
before I placed them on you.
The mole under your left eye,
was six inches away
from the tip of my eyelash
and one inch above my thumb.
The new scab on your chin,
and the unnoticed paint smudge
on your forehead was seven inches away
from the sweat forming on the tip of my nose.
The rainbow loomband around your left wrist
was five inches away from my hip bone
six inches away from my thigh
which was three inches away from your fingertips.
I was breathing four inches away
from your neck. You didn’t complain.
And after taking all these measurements,
I realized how far we were.
Ria Valdez performed Valid Measurements at LitOrgy 5, at Saless Bar Tekanplor last year. LitOrgy is an annual literary event organized by the Young Davao Writers.