Christine V. Lao’s “Stare Decisis”

Stare Decisis

To stand by things decided
The twice-timed heart’s disease
When the stars in your eyes have faded
A dull ache unappeased

The twice-timed heart’s disease
It never answers back
A dull ache unappeased
There is nothing to unpack

Never answer back
There is no other cure
There is nothing to unpack
What remains is to endure

There is no other cure
But to stand by things decided
What remains is to endure
When the stars in your eyes have faded

Christine V. Lao


Christine V. Lao’s poem is part of a series of stories from survivors and advocates being published by Time’s Up Ateneo for its second anniversary, with the theme “From Complicity to Care” and the goal of promoting more caring communities for survivors and advocates. Our call for stories is open until October 31, 2021.

Our complete line-up of activities for our anniversary month can be found here.

Published by Time's Up Ateneo

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