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Image by David Straight

6 pm at the beach
Karlo Sevilla


on the sand i sit

a few feet behind you

who stands transfixed

by the distant horizon

where the sun drowns

and flails with final gasps

of  her holy rays


the entire scene a tapestry

of fiery orange

swaying to the rhythm

of subtly shifting tones

the clouds of frozen fires

glide westward

the wind blows your hair

as billows suffused

in lingering light

before kiss of dusk


siege of shadows begins

soon conquest of dark

but for now

everything remains

divine alive aflame

I have forgotten my name

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of four poetry collections, among them are the full-length "Metro Manila Mammal" (Soma Publishing, 2018) and the chapbook “Recumbent” (8Letters Bookstore and Publishing, 2023). Shortlisted for the 2023 Creators of Justice Literary Award and the 2021 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Matter, Radius, Small Orange, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.

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