This drawn-out series of shadow plays,
protracted passion of dark days,
leaves me vanquished. Prostrate, I ponder
the essential difference
between your corsage
crushed on the floor,
and that bouquet of roses
strewn among the fragments
of the shattered vase.
Karlo Sevilla is a freelance writer who lives in Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Excavation, NatureWriting, Rat's Ass Review, Kitaab, an Origami Poems Project microchap, in the respective first anthologies of Peacock Journal, Riverfeet Press, and Eternal Remedy, and elsewhere. He also coaches wrestling, trains in Brazilian Luta Livre, and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers).