Estol, the Hunchback
by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
I remember waking up
to the sound of his soldering iron.
I still see
his face illuminated by
sparks flying up out of the dark.
the sign on his workshop read.
I always wondered what secrets he kept before
I turned over,
hugged the warmth of my mother’s skin
and tried to erase the smell of metal burning.
ROCHITA LOENEN-RUIZ is a Filipina writer/mom living in the Netherlands. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications. Most recently, she’s had work included in Route Magazine's byteback book, Skin, and on the ezine, Chick Flicks. She edits poetry for Haruah: Breath of Heaven.