By Karlo Sevilla
Shiny and New Offering
Government opens the expressway to the long-suffering public weary of traffic. Its silver sheen metallic, flanked by divine green. A papal ferula lain across bustling cities and sleepy towns. The entire scenery of soft sunlight, baptismal – united in spirit with the landscape of Jordan River two millenniums ago. This shall be a 100km/hr pilgrimage of repentance and hope. Each tollbooth a guarded Station of the Cross.
Afternoon, Afternoon, Afternoon
The sea is a wide net, catches sunlight, disperses the yellow tourmalines all over her blue, and her waves carry the ghostly harvest to shore. Afternoon, afternoon, afternoon, then the swallowing dusk with a flight of swallows knifing her orange-purple sky. Afternoon, afternoon, afternoon, then the night and her blackness singed by the slow burn of the sauntering moon.
I knew I was gonna get it: I was supposed to stay home to review for my exams the day after, but she let me out on parole to play tag with my friends for an hour; it took me three hours. When I finally went home, there was mother waiting for me: standing with knuckles on her waist; amphora anchored at the doorway.
Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the poetry collections “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018) and “Outsourced! . . .” (Revolt Magazine, 2021). Thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Small Orange, The Sparrow’s Trombone, Eclectica, and elsewhere.