Ann van Wijgerden

The City Burns


Pondering the actor with his brilliance

enticing me into ecstasies of morbid intrigue

evil as entertainment

as evil reigns


weeping and hysteria

tumble me downstream

heartbreak and madness

the horror of missing

the brainstoppingly obvious

forgotten child

abandoned parent


scraping the fiddle

while the city burns

Ann van Wijgerden is a 56 year old Englishwoman (married to a Dutchman, hence the unpronounceable family name), living and working in Manila, the Philippines. Ann teaches at an NGO which tries to ensure children living in some of the worst slum areas of the city are sponsored to the local schools and universities ( While teaching English is her passion, writing keeps Ann (reasonably) sane.