“10736 Kilometres”

I like looking through the pictures
that tell me the hundred stories
of your piercing eyes, electricity,

your arms around me, my love, my safety.

I captured the look on their faces
before the plane took me away from
the sun, the sky and the sands.

You remember the look on their faces
after another call from me, watching
a love growing strong, stretched by the oceans.

A love story supposedly left raw for the dogs.

Yet they know now
we’re a force no one can break,

a force a day closer to reuniting
as if we never missed
a step.

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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