Drunk at the Koi Pond by Karlo Sevilla

Drunk at that beer garden
with the koi ponds,
when I teetered towards one
to amuse myself
with the colored fish.

My favorite waitress teased me
(with a painfully-accurate adjective),
“Don’t puke there, handsome!”

I replied, Oh, I’m just looking
for a mermaid.

Then she asked, “And what
will you do in case you find one?”

Probably say hi.

Indeed, in case one arose,
that’s all I was gonna say and do.

(Inebriated, and didn’t want
to end up subpoenaed
by the Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources.)

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Karlo Sevilla is a freelance writer who lives in Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Peeking Cat Poetry, Poetry24, Bombinate, Sub-saharan Magazine, Ariel Chart, an Origami Poems Project microchap, in the anthologies of Peacock Journal, Eternal Remedy, Riverfeet Press, and Azoth Khem Publishing, and elsewhere. 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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