Only on Trains

By Karlo Silverio Sevilla

With other books in hand, my commitment to my friend Joseph’s autobiography is to read it only during train rides across Metro Manila, taken twice a week. My copy, I’m certain, will not grow dog-ears anytime soon.


It saddens me, of the time when Joseph trained in caregiving, and an old Caucasian man who fell in love and raised a family here but ended up abandoned, died in his arms.


My friend and former classmate in our creative writing course lives in Germany now. There he takes care of more elderly. And still writes.


This quarantine, my half-read copy in purple cover lies on my bookshelf. I want to finish it soon. But I’ll keep my word: only on trains.


And, I’m certain, the trains will start running again—soon.

Karlo Sevilla

Karlo Sevilla, from Quezon City, Philippines, is the author of the full-length poetry collection, “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), and the chapbook, “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017). 

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