Alone At Closing Time

Karlo Sevilla

Alone at Closing Time

There’s nothing to see here now except the smoke

from the near burned out cigarette that arises from

the dark brown ashtray and fills the amorphous

distance between the coin I tossed that

has yet to land back onto my

begging right palm and

your lipstick-



of red


that is

only one

dainty sip away

from pristine crystal emptiness.

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines authored the full-length poetry collection, “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), and two chapbooks. He loves writing/drawing shape poems and a dozen of his “exquisitely-designed” literary gems appear in various literary magazines and other platforms. He tweets @KarloSevilla2.