The Okinawan Vessel of Love and Language

Yesterday afternoon, I saw a dove ascending, soaring.

But it was not as it appeared to be:

It was the blue sky descending, hurtling,

to meet the bird hovering quasi-steady far below

until its parched beak sipped a droplet from a cloud.


In the same way that you haven’t sought language;

it was language that searched for you to find

the finest instrument to express itself.

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Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the poetry collections "Metro Manila Mammal" (Soma Publishing, 2018) and "Outsourced! . . ." (Revolt Magazine, 2021). Recognized among the Best of Kitaab 2018, shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, and thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, DIAGRAM, Black Bough Poetry, Ariel Chart, Rat's Ass Review, Small Orange, Radius, Matter, EclecticaBetter Than Starbucks, and elsewhere.
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