hope, true & false


hope, true & false

the hype is

hope is light,

that it soars

& those possessed 

by its spirit

shall be lifted

& freed

from this quagmire.

we miss

the fine print

that reads,

“hope is also

a creature

that claws

& tears.”


they who perished

with eyes

wide open…

hope didn’t even

lift a finger

to shut their


Karlo Sevilla
Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Radius, Matter, an Origami Poems Project microchap, in the respective first anthologies of Peacock Journal, Riverfeet Press, and Eternal Remedy, and others. He also coaches wrestling, trains in Brazilian Luta Livre, and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers).


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