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POETRY | Ghazal: Of Mangoes and Sunbirds by Christine Chu

Children used to play pirates by the tree hunting sweet, golden treasures from the tree. In the heart of Eden, they willed to be like God and ate of the forbidden tree. With a worm in its beak for a hungry chick, a sunbird circles a silent tree. “Behave,” Grandpa would tell us, “or I’ll tie you up and hang you from the mango tree.” This year, Mummy leaves a gift—there used to be three, then two—under the Christmas tree. An empty nest hangs and quivers from a breaking branch as they chop down an old tree. “Behold, I...

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POETRY | As The Heat Is Lost by Ismim Putera

Outside the house, The sun is bright, It burns the house and dries the grass, and rains blessings to the rambutan tree, So it bears thousands of sweetness, For us to pluck and eat, And the ducks under the jambu tree, Sitting at the river bank, waiting for the tide, And we plant cangkuk on the hard ground, And it grows, leafy and lovely, Under the heat, as expected. Inside the house, The flame is bright, In the sooty kitchen, The air is painted with scented herbs, The dancing onions on the sparkling oil, Of the sweet curry with the...

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POETRY | The Road, The Riddle by Aad

I have the mist of the dawn in my mind The things I see are few With my fingers, Through grey darkness I feel my long way through No clue about the route But the lighthouse which my conscience follows It burns right, a welcoming sun, a forever-telling sign I keep from the world my clumsiness Well hidden, just like me With that secret, My mask created, I came exactly to be What others want to see But the moonlight which pierces through my facade It justly paints my gracelessness To the world, it’s my worst I listen to...

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POETRY | Birthday by Christine Chu

Balloons line the wall of a room dimly lit by a flickering light, under which a table stands. In the corner of the room rests a silent telephone; on the table, a feast is served: four fried eggs, a three-bean salad, two large fried fish fillets and a birthday cake a chocolate cake with twelve candles unlit. At the table, a girl sits with three other empty seats and the makings of a broken heart, awaiting guests who may never come. *** Header image by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash Hey guys, we’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve...

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POETRY | An Ode To The Land of My Birth by Becky Ong

To my dearly beloved country, Soon you’ll be turning sixty two, Your children of all religions and races, Will come out to celebrate with you. We shall remember your struggles, And how you fought hard to be free, No more a colony of any kingdom, Your people’s unity was the key. In August, the year nineteen fifty seven, You surely stood tall and proud, From all across the ‘Padang’ The call of ‘Merdeka’ rang loud!   Decades have since rolled past, Leaders have come and gone, A rising, developing nation, Our allegiance, we have sworn. Malaysia, a beautiful gracious...

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