Issue Two,

Autumn 2020

STREET LIFE

Karlo Silverio Sevilla

Poetry

Under Torrential Rain

Soaked and wading across

waist-high flood that fills

the city street,

your still-intact grey umbrella

accepts that it has failed you.

It wonders if you hold it

high above your head

as a white flag

or as still-defiant sword

in a lost battle.

In muteness it proposes

that you just turn it upside-down

and ride it as a boat instead.

The Alley Kitten

Tonight, the little black one

of black and white fur

mews and wanders

the empty street again,

scavenges for food

amongst the garbage

inside and around the bin,

then goes ahead

and walks off,

lost as a broken heart.

 

Then – oh! – it runs

to meet its mother,

they lick each other’s faces,

then side by side

vanish into the night.

 

(Anyway, what do I know

of kittens?)

Walking Along the Alley, at Night

Your long shadow

precedes you,

dwarfs you,

cuts through

the narrow street

as a lance,

as battering ram,

as throng of exiles

in flight,

for whom a sea

parts for a moment.

QUINCE magazine

Karlo Sevilla, from Quezon City, Philippines, is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Metro Manila Mammal (Soma Publishing, 2018), and the chapbook, You (Origami Poems Project, 2017). Twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Small Orange, Thimble, Literary Yard, among others.