the cosmic shadow

the cosmic shadow

Words by Naive Gascon. Illustration by Chiharu Ishibashi.


You shrank at the edge 

of your bed. I prickled your head

trailed down to your spine

built a nest in your chest.

Void swells like tumors in your throat

Clogging the beam of your voice.

You tried                   to cough me out. 

We were magnetized to the mirror.

You stared at me. I whispered 

your hunger.


"Yes.                 You are."

You pushed me out in a sigh

I floated back in your inhale

cradled you in my arms.

The AC hummed a ceaseless cold.

To sleep, you curled. Wept to all gods

to be eaten by walls.

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Naive Gascon is a domestic worker from Bohol, Philippines who loves to swim and write poems.

Harumaruchi is a eggshell breaker by day, cocktail heartbreaker by night who currently sips her way into solo living life in the rising sun. She just moved out from constant monsoon summer to be with her birth place. Her moniker, ”harumaruchi” is a clever wordplay of her name, combining “Maru” which means circle. Sometimes she is also known as the “monorail” that says “yes” twice. Website: be.net/harumaruchi