“Realising”

What painful
realisations, it’ll hit you in the head quite hard,
when you begin to fully see years and days past,
loosened up friendships and screwed off bonds once tightened,

and once you break the glass, it’s impossible to unsee,
the reasons Fate has decided to be bitchy,
demoting you as the good thing, no longer the Better Thing,
the good thing that is rightfully replaced
for the something better that justifies

time

moving

forward

in your loved ones’ lives.

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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