“Fridays in Autumn”

Let’s drive to a new route this afternoon, please.
Hammersmith Barnes Roehampton Putney Fulham Earls Court

I’d like to watch the fall leaves fall,
time and space to feel a hurting soul,

because to feel so is the first step,
giving your walls enough strength to brave through winter:
this damn circumstance sold to you,

and to peel off the
dead layers you succumbed to
and later watch a smile bloom.

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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