She's the Only One by Karlo Sevilla


With a rosary in my shirt pocket
and a scapular necklace
around my neck,
I traveled with my twin self
across the parallel universe
at speed of light,
from one planet to another,
galaxy by galaxy,
in search of her other self,
in vain.

When I crashed back to Earth,
I landed inside Intramuros,
at Plaza de Roma,
and she rushed out
of the Manila Cathedral.
Then she reached down
and picked me up
with a pained look
on her face and said,
“I told you so.”

©2019 Karlo Sevilla


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Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines and is the author of two poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018) and “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017). He was a runner-up in Submittable’s 2018 National Poetry Month poetry contest and one of his poems was nominated by Ariel Chart for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology, among other writing awards and accolades earned in his home country and abroad. He has more than a hundred poems published in various literary magazines and platforms worldwide, including Philippines Graphic, Anti-Heroin Chic, Best Poetry, Duane’s PoeTree, Grey Thoughts Writers Club gallery, and elsewhere. He currently studies for the Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing in Filipino program of the Center for Creative Writing of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.


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