“Lady in the Yellow Dress”

One, two, three, four,
before I lost interest,
lady in the yellow dress caught my drowsy eyes.

She spoke eloquently (at least that’s how it looked from afar),
she had a neat side braid and an ability
to turn my head a full 360.

Five, six, seven, eight,
until I slowly turned to stone,
lady in the yellow dress sang from the back to front.

She was a theatre goddess, said her knowledge
on stage left, stage right, and singing
that Miss Saigon number.

Now all I got to do is think of a plan
on how I can thank her
for making my heart work again,

preferably without all of the
stuttering and smiling that she found
quite amusing.

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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