“Searching for Eden”

On the outside,
his mind looks empty, only
nothing but Two O’clock Girl and a crude joke,

but look deeper, I dare you, behind
the perversion and the intoxication,
and there you’ll find a desire, primitive as it may be,

a boy who thinks like a man, time cards as evidence,
screaming with purity, but
has slept with temptation too many times.

Thinks like a boy, walks like a man,
searching for a place past his birth
which can give himself a break

from all of the bad things,
like the perverting and intoxicating
he’s sadly now known for.

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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