Reyna Elenita by Karlo Sevilla

Our little Maleeha raises both arms,
pirouettes and a bejeweled crown
springs up from the orbit outlined by her fingers,
which rises and shrinks until it settles upon her tiny head.
She slows to a standstill,
then extends her arms overhead, palms together.
She parts and gently lowers her straightened arms
and a halo of iridescent hues cascades.


For our quarantined Flores de Mayo, our little queen is crowned
and aureoled by a rainbow for her unmanned arch
right in our living room.

Karlo Sevilla of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of the full-length poetry collection
“Metro Manila Mammal” (Some Publishing, 2018). Twice nominated for the Best of the Net,
Karlo’s poems appear in Philippines Graphic, Small Orange, Black Bough Poetry, Eclectica,
Matter, and others

photo by Ethan Schut