today as cashews and walnuts and pine nuts and seeds lay still on the warming pan I sat and wondered at an earth which shone and rained – at once – at the spider whose web hung in fragile existence between a window and its sill a futile folly to keep them together a foolish… Continue reading spiderwebs and toasted nuts
how do you outrun a shadow? if it seeps like ink, or sticks like tar into and onto your skin rip it and bleed the dark away and of the bitterness in the back of your throat? outrunning a shadow might be easier
15th April Prompt: Write a poem about markets. Nose crinkled, she wades through wet fish; haggling housewives into Sainsbury’s. The scornful disdain of local culture in favour of The West. Yet it is but ignorant worship – Sains is just an ordinary supermarket, no worthier of your starry eyes than your neighbourhood NTUC.
14th April Prompt: Write a poem in Singlish. Aiyyo why do this My bad English cmi Liddat can anot? Good Friday; Bad English; Gooder English
13th April Half prompt: Write a poem about ****** that does not mention it. The full prompt is after the poem, but I’m leaving it blank here as an experiment of sorts – I’d like to see what you think the poem might about, without knowing the subject. Feel free to let me know your guesses below! 😉 In… Continue reading Day #13: ____
11th April Prompt: Write a poem about the literal meanings of the month and day you were born in, in other languages. What month were you born in the Muslim calendar? Write a poem based on the literal meaning of this month. (e.g. Muharram=forbidden) https://www.islamicfinder.org/islamic-date-converter/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar#Months… What day of the week were you born? Incorporate… Continue reading Day #11: Birth
10th April Prompt: Write a kural / க்குறள். The kural (plural: kuralgar) is an ancient form of Tamil poetry, but it’s still widely used today, even in Singapore, especially among traditionalist poets. Each kural consists of just two lines. The first line has four words, and the second line has three words. Kuralgar are usually… Continue reading Day #10: Kurai