Every night

she leaves her wandering eyes awake
and her mind totally lucid, because she says
it’s tedious sleeping alone.

The hanging pain is torture now, she says.
The yearning has become poetry now, she writes.

Take off the warm voice, the tresses
and the natural scent, and
all you have left are

Self-proclaiming powerful, but lend an ear for
all that silence. Can you hear her shouting for a

strong soul,
a walking love song and

a strong heart
made of steel and devotion.

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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