MOST TERRIFYING THOUGHT
This poem by Criselda Cayetano featured in The Chance Issue of Popshot Quarterly. Illustration by Wendy Denissen.
Most Terrifying Thought
the possibilities of the lives that we can live are endless
the people we can meet in a lifetime, uncountable
the consequences of every choice we make, unfathomable
the dreams that we may dream for ourselves, limitless
except, for those who have set their hearts on a single entity:
a person, an idea, a purpose, or a dream – there is no other
your heart has stubbornly set itself on the idea of marrying him,
a love so irreplaceable and unforgettable
that you would forego the excitement of a life
full of adventure, a life ought to be reimagined constantly
that your happiness lies on one out of a billion
that if it fails, you may never get it back
this is the most terrifying thought, a danger to one’s sanity
to devote your entire existence to that which you may lose forever
Criselda Cayetano, 26, grew up in the Philippines but moved to Tokyo in 2015 to work for a Japanese IT company. “Although I use Japanese at work, I am most fluent in English, and poetry is a way for me to express myself in a country where my inner thoughts and feelings are often lost in translation,” she says.
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