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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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Broke, Not Broken

Tomorrow, my debt is due.
And I can't pay.

But this moment, the bed is soft.
A patch of sunlight is upon us.
My five-year-old girl
hints of morning breath,
endearing her more to me.
She makes a trampoline
of my back.
And we both know my spine
won't break.

Then tomorrow, they'll call.
But they can't have it all.
No, they won't have it all.