Saquina Karla C. Guiam


Toss a coin.

If it’s heads,
take the path
with the gnarled trees
and faint buzzing
of something coming alive.

Tails, take the one
that’s half concrete,
half wasteland.

If neither appears,
take a gambit.


Somebody told me giant flowers bloom at this one place
but don’t take my word for it—I mean, I hear they can reach
and kiss stars and never burn or wither.

I wouldn’t know; I’ve never traveled on my own before.

Saquina is shown seated on a gray, tufted leather seat, looking downward. Saquina has dark hair that falls just below the shoulder, and light brown skin. Saquina wears a mint green shortsleeved tee shirt, on which is printed, in lowercase white italic lettering, "synonym", then in lowercase white lettering, "a word used in place of the word you cannot spell".

Saquina Karla C. Guiam is a Best of the Net-nominated poet. Her work has appeared in Outlook Springs, the Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 11, Augur Mag, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in English at Ateneo de Davao University.