Tagged: AttemptsatPoetry

And the Water Washes Up the Shore

YOU full of the

love and the light, lucky

 

creature, having swallowed

the SEA – mother of pearl,

the world is definitely

YOURS to conquer,

 

dart into the oyster! before it

slams SHUT and seaweed

sneaks all over your EYELIDS.

 

Hello there! After attending the Singapore Writers’ Festival, I bought two books [LONTAR] and also Equatorial Calm, a lovely anthology. 

Haikus penned by the coolest poets ever (But Why Is David Wong Hsien Ming’s Accent Great AF?), poetry transcending languages (three tongues, guys! English, Japanese and Mandarin). What/A/Steal . Really glad I got the title page signed, too 😉

My inspiration was of course the Daily Post, but also Equatorial Calm and the very exciting concept of a Haiku – that encouraged me to try my hand(re:INTENSELY EXPERIMENT) at breaking out of my usual…er, style (can it be called that?) of weaving words and

a thought or two, into a poem.

Please enjoy ❤ and biggie thanksie to Lynette Tan because of this :’) Oh, tears of joy.

Taste-Tester

Taste-tester 1: Overflowing sinks

These days there is nothing I want to actually do, except for

mope around like the saddest animal alive, ravaged,

hair bloodied and sticking to my back like cold prickle. The heat is

definitely overwhelming, creating red haze and decorating my

nose and forehead and gaps between my fingers with beads of sweat..

Every time I pick up the scoop with its silver

surface and its mint handle, I watch the chocolate dribble down its edges and feel the

freeze of ice cream trickle down my wrist before I actually

spoon it into my mouth. The brown colour leaves streaks into the whiteness of my clothes

and I am reminded of how my actions dirtied others who probably

who get stained way too easily, anyway…

I tell myself to wake up from my stupid songs and silly daydreams but the hurt of reality slices into me far too deep; and

 

... I find myself hesitating,

halting, tears slipping warmly down my cheeks like the open faucet of a sink;

I will not try, today, although I want to, because it doesn’t matter if I get

strong when all the doctors hear is a weak heart-beat inside of me. Instead, I leave

speak to anyone who will listen; telling them that I’m not strong enough to turn the tap

off so I’ll just leave it running, and wait for the sink to overflow.

 

My sincerest apologies.


I wrote a little paragraph of poetry to keep myself going – I must live out the blissful holiday-days slowly but sweetly, savouring each bit like ice cream melting beneath my teeth, on top of my tongue.

P.S please leave your truthful feedback in the comments, or drop me an email at thepapergutspeople@gmail.com to talk more!