hope, true & false

 
 
 




hope, true & false





the hype is


hope is light,


that it soars


& those possessed 


by its spirit



shall be lifted


& freed


from this quagmire.


we miss




the fine print


that reads,


“hope is also

 
a creature


that claws


& tears.”

 


they who perished


with eyes


wide open…


hope didn’t even



lift a finger


to shut their


stiffened-&-stuck


eyelids. 
 
 
 
 
Karlo Sevilla
 
 
 
Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Radius, Matter, an Origami Poems Project microchap, in the respective first anthologies of Peacock Journal, Riverfeet Press, and Eternal Remedy, and others. 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).
 
 
 
 

 

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