Let There Be Light and Rhyme / Karlo Sevilla

The sun
a projectile fired from a gun.
Pierced firmament
with searing element.
But no exit wound for sky
that didn’t flinch nor cry:
the cosmic lead
perpetually embedded.
Its radiant light
dispels night.
Its rays flood
Earth with yellow blood.

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the full-length poetry collection “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018). Recognized among the Best of Kitaab 2018, shortlisted in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, and thrice nominated for the Best of the Net, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Protean, Matter, Radius, DIAGRAM, Better Than Starbucks, and elsewhere.

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