“This Room”

Tell me, how long have we

been in this room?

Here, where you

leaned in bit by bit, resisted back bit by bit until at that split

second a beat thumped to that brewing chemistry,

only to give in a little too late.

Floating around cloud nine for the longest time,

you were too cosy, to loved to see

that it was all just a cruel game to liven things up.

Here you defied your rules to satisfy

Leonine temptations. Now all the flames have died out, and now you’re burnt

and now you’re bored.

And now we’re still in the same room.

I see you holding on tightly,

embarrassingly. We all thought the same thing.


First published in a collection of poetry titled Lost in London through Blurb.

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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