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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


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.

Karlo Sevilla

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The Importuner

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.