“The believers want to be as phoenix as Jesus”

I want to live a life as rojak
as my tongue
that twists and trips over language
and the labyrinths of
narration
O, how many Venn diagrams I still
have yet to realise I am a part of
these circles are shy, vague,
stretch and shiver in the hands of
brain and history like children
manipulating rubber bands
Some of us draw our borders with
the dark xxxxxxxxxxx
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and ancestral stubbornness
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The believers want to be as
phoenix as Jesus
But in the Venn dance collisions
refuse to think there is no difference
between shalom
and salam

— Liyana Dizzy, 28

for David, 24 October 2015, Ipoh

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