“Home”

Without the happy ever afters,
the promises and
the pressures to hit home run,

let’s find out more about this world,
yourself after winter;
once frozen, now flowing freer than ever.

You’re now more than
a shadow of your former self,
a rusty metal man lacking for a heart,

a dancer with new pointe shoes, a nightingale
ready to sing again, a little boy prepared
to play with poetry one more time.

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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