Beyond embrace; this is coalescence: The weight of your breaths and pauses I hear and bear more than your whispered words. They are yours, mine, ours. Hours pass but don’t pass here. Time is afraid to lose its hours, minutes, and seconds one by one into our oneness. (And the universe, all its meanings and meanderings.) Then, everything shall be one and end with us. Then, everything shall begin anew. Bio: Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the full-length poetry collection “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018). Recognized among the Best of Kitaab 2018 and shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, his poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Fevers of the Mind, DIAGRAM, Black Bough Poetry, and elsewhere.