Karlo Sevilla lives in Quezon City, Philippines and writes for The Philippine Online Chronicles. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Indiana Voice Journal, Spank the Carp, Pilgrim, and others. In his "spare time," he coaches in wrestling and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers).
We were about to cross Matalino Street,
west wind blowing against us,
when our little Mikael stood still, tilted his head
and raised his right arm, shoulder level,
rightward (windward as a wind vane),
then shook himself and said,
"If I am paper."
We all laughed, the wind blowing back
our hair, shirts, and laughter. I wanted
to scoop and fold him in my arms
but refrained — lest I unpaper him.