“Walls”

here I’ll stand, hands perched on my waist, waiting
on you to stand up,
bombs on one hand, mace on the other;

swing it here,
bang it there,
feel the shatter, the crack, the opening of shut down wounds,

feel the implosion,
the walls and floor colliding into one another and out into the world.

you’ll be a tremor, but it took you long enough.
you’ll be an earthquake, and they should notice this 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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