“On Youth and being Young”

The colourful words of Youth are fruity;

they breathe tempt and hope on our faces

to tell us that our dreams can one day bloom.

And then comes Maturity, whose

checklist and red pen highlight and crush those dreams off

into little bits of reality.

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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