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Summer Plunge

written by: Karlo Sevilla



We couldn't care less:

We've heard stories
of Manong Farmer
driving away trespassers
from his hallowed paddy field,
brandishing a bolo.
Still, Tristan and I dared to walk
and make balance beams
of the mounded boundaries
one late summer afternoon.

Then a dog barked and gave chase.
I slipped and fell, butt landing
on a bunch of seedlings.
True enough, a man shouted,
and turning around
we saw Manong Farmer
running from his nipa hut,
towards us with knife in hand.
Quickly I picked myself up and
we scampered away with the words
"This is not a playground!"
screamed furiously at us.

Back home at dinner,
eating rice with fish,
I wondered how much
potential income Manong lost
from the seedlings
I inadvertently destroyed, and if
someone would get hungry,
denied a plate of grains,
because of my fall.



This poem is dedicated to the Filipino farmer.

Karlo Sevilla

Karlo Sevilla

Karlo Sevilla is a freelance writer and wrestling coach who lives in Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Indiana Voice Journal, Sub-saharan Magazine, Radius Lit, Peacock Journal, I am not a silent poet, Eastlit, Spank the Carp, Quatrain.fish, Antarctica Journal, The Fib Review, Wraith Infirmity Muses, Rat's Ass Review, Pilgrim, Rambutan Literary, Razorhouse Magazine, and elsewhere. He also trains in Brazilian Luta Livre under black belt Mestre Afonso Celso "Cego" dos Santos Silva, Jr., a representative of Academia Budokan - RJ based in Rio de Janeiro. "Coach Karlo" is the 2016 Southeast Asian ADCC Submission Fighting champion in the -83 kg., intermediate division.
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