DECEMBER 9, 2022

Do not come to me unless you can

stop half-tending me

a small fire does not annihilate

and what's love but obliteration?

Suppose I drive a knife into your heart -

cut it clean crosswise

and sow only its showy petals in my garden

Do you honestly think it will grow

Well tell me

Do you

Gretchen is a writer based in the Philippines. She lives for her kid Lia, cats, black coffee, trees, hikes, split-second infinities, oversharing, and storytelling, and doesn't take life too seriously. Her work appears on Janus Literary, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Asam/Garam (upcoming).

Say hi: Twitter @gretchenfilart and