Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines and is the author of two poetry collections: "Metro Manila Mammal" (Soma Publishing, 2018) and "You" (Origami Poems Project, 2017). Twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology -by Ariel Chart in 2018 and Collective Unrest in 2019 -he currently has more than a hundred poems published in various literary magazines worldwide, among them, Philippines Graphic, Shot Glass Journal, Small Orange, Boned: A Collection of Skeletal Writings, and Rigorous. He currently studies for the Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing in Filipino program of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
My hand above the surface,
you didn't reach out for it.
So now I claim that I was only waving
hello. Or goodbye.
Why am I back here before you?
Somebody else rescued me.
But he wanted more from me.
So here I am again
within striking distance from you
who left when I slipped and fell down
the burning river.