I don’t lose weight without my consent.
Diabetes is greediest, famished. Regret
doesn’t burden me. I’m not answerable
to gravity. No heavy responsibility,
no prescription for change. For decades
I’ve been feeding my blood disorder
like a monster. I have choice but I desire
to know more of pleasure’s names.
I wouldn’t find the pen, paper sty
that would keep me in. I refuse
to rewrite the years, I refuse to put
signature to remorse. I don’t have to face
the mirror. I feel the lift that will soon
make me leave this body a traveler
with no places to remember.
Jonel Abellanosa - Cebu City, The Philippines