I grow a toe slowly, then a leg, then a bench from the shelf of
my back. Thin as it is, at least it’s upright, a staircase to climb
when it’s time to go. Apropos, I build a piano, pianissimo, from
hair, fingerbones. It’s clear. I have plenty of self to spare. My
span is considerable, my conduct conducive, even under the
circumstances. Lift the lid. I can be warm and amusing, if only
you’d fill my brandy glass balloon and soon, with just the right
amount of attention.


Filipino idiom meaning egoistic (lit. carrying one’s own bench)