City Warrior

 

Pinching a black rubber horn,

a trisikad driver announces 

his unwelcomed arrival

in a battlefield of urban monsters.

 

Sun-drenched, calves stiff as wood,

he pedals his flimsy chariot 

alongside the blinding sparkles 

of mighty SUVs and grand sedans. 

 

His faint honking subdued

by the clarion calls 

of ravenous jeepney conductors. 

 

But all these will never cripple his spirit.

He has three mouths to feed.

And when the sun rises again next morning,

he will summon all his strength

for a promise of victory.

https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:14867

 

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