POETRY | Mother’s Cooking by Nuan Ning

Editor’s Note: This poem was first performed by Malaysian poet, Nuan Ning at the International University of Malaya-Wales Slam Off on October 16, 2019 where the 14-year-old emerged as a runner-up. It was such a delightful piece that we obtained Nuan Ning’s permission to post it here for you to enjoy. They were like chicken rendang. Sweet and spicy, and leaving you wanting more. They tasted of a pinch of curry powder topped with diced chicken and a sprinkle of turmeric; a tapestry of flavours woven intricately together like the colours on a sari. Different colours and flavours intertwined in a masterpiece painted...

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