“Ten years or more of timelines”

Ten years or more of timelines Where my life breathes in between measured by deadlines labelled workaholic, my compass points to a north that swings wildly in the cold blue laptop reflection of my eyes When I lie down, the idea of salaries are defibrillators to this body in rest In this rigid ruler life…

“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…

“The moon and the woman have more in common than”

The moon and the woman have more in common than philosophers think Every month marks their bodies And they fill up and deplete Under the affections of man and sea To the unobservant, quick eye There is no difference between salt water and tears Both can kill If the lighthouse is off duty On a…

The Gerai has a cameo in Liyana Fizi’s new video!

Liyana and I talk about how people mix us up— although I don’t think having almost 50 thousand followers is my kind of thing, or will ever be. She visited my #GeraiPuisiSegera in its earlier days and told me that my poem for her was in her latest music video. Go see!  

“There’s nowhere he can go without”

There is nowhere he can go without Someone asking where he came from Two smiles later with a stranger He finds himself thinking Pleeeeease don’t ask To let them know is to say a word That takes him back to his childhood room The smell of his mother’s kitchen To hear them say “Aah, Nigeria…”…

Interviewed by The Malay Mail Online

MMOxGTF: Give Liyana three words and she will give you a poem… in an instant! by Lydia Koh KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — You’ve heard it all before: Malaysians don’t like to read. So, what more when it comes to poetry. But Liyana Dizzy has taken on the challenge to change that. One poem at a…

“My love for you lasts longer than a few minutes”

My love for you lasts longer Than a few minutes five times a day. I think of your infinity And its different shades in us all How could I forget how much you move me? In a way, it’s moving You’re more than kisses, kittens, cuteness Yet everything that exists Is just some strand and…

“You are lightning, my love”

You are lightning, my love, More intense than the first lick of my favourite flavour (now my second favourite, surely) But you are better than ice-cream I want our heat to drip and dance Down to gravity’s navel, I want to mess up your present what a gift that would be to our future, what…

“The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha”

The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, the three Tianzuns and the Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara are throwing the tripartite party of a lifetime Challenging each other to execute The perfect drift, driving donuts in an empty mall parking lot after all the shops have closed but before the late night filmgoers spill out from the emergency doors blinking —…

The second ever Gerai at Art For Grabs

If you’re here because you have a piece of paper on it with something I wrote for you— Thank you for coming yesterday.  I wrote over 30 poems on Saturday and hopefully after today, will have enough to fund a sizeable chunk of my second ever solo trip (Cambodia next month for my 27th birthday)….

Avalanche material

Yes, snowflakes are unique, she thought But what did it matter when they kissed and covered the mountain like salt? Sunshine-soaked solitude Salted their secrets to sin Snowflakes: surrender yourselves! Go slow until they stir you, then rise, swallow! Bitter, sweet, salt, sour, all flavours once ours On your rock and roll tour, take them…

“We have been playing this game for so long now”

We have been playing this game for so long now, you & I, that it must be backgammon. The midday heat of a new century is upon us in this muddy confluence and in some last moments of desperation you tell me the most riveting stories of your past adversaries You unroll your bedsheets to…