A Letter from Hong Kong: Understanding Us

It is an uncomfortable quiet that has taken over the streets of Hong Kong. The combination of a pandemic and a new National Security Law has created a stillness that politicians have gloated about as they take credit for protestless streets, calling them signs of ‘civility’. Press conferences have become shameless displays that almost makes…

Notate This

My city has no dawn,Playing pawn in a game of chessMy side queen, rook, knight-less.We offer draw, we see the line, refuse to resign.Defiance has it's worth,Futile resistance its future rewards;It's a communion, see, this is our body,Tasteless, we sacrifice it to you for your investment.The city's too many dimensionsTo be reduced to such a…

Smoke and Sun

Because he hadn’t a lot to do, he sat at the same outdoor cafe, enjoying the sun in the little bursts in which it came on lunch breaks. He endured the musky stench of nicotine from everybody else who seemed to enjoy the space for the ablution of their bad choices, as with every inhale…

To Carrie

Your spittle has worn us down to the bone. You sprayed against epidermis till it was gone, Sizzled away the frontline of skin and now Every drop of spit spat hits raw flesh that Unleashes silent screams, mutes remaining peeps, Tongues now just worms of words buried By the heaps of dirt you layer on…

Dear Countrymen

Dear countrymen, Forgive me of my sins Though I have only Continued to pain you Hear my words Even though I have never listened Trust in me Though every promise I have made Was made to be broken Sing my praises Without your own volition Now live together with me In the harmony that I…

Are they Kings, and are we Free?

Fighting for Liberty Worldwide I have long been of the opinion that the struggle for freedom, just like all things not learnt naturally, needs its role-models and its teachers. In the past, despite the reality of America never really being an egalitarian “Land of the Free”, the mere existence of America being a country that…

Bad News

All around — bad news — it enters the orifices of the eyes and ears like tunnelling worms — lifespan zero — dying and decomposing in these flesh canals till they reach the stagnant, putrid oasis of a brain filled with reality’s reek. Turn round to see hands on ears like earmuffs against the coldbite…

Ancient Laws

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” - Lord Acton Don’t think that the ancient law That might makes right Has disintegrated by the Passage of time; No — while it’s rotted Spear shafts and turned Stone clubs to dust, The rust of steel blades Have been remade into ink stains That slip…

Hong Kong Tumbling

Around, the cloths of life Spin into ghouls' faces, vortex-like, Us in the hurricane's eye, whipping Blips from the news outside: Coronavirus, protest, protect, Masks, madness, Supermarkets, Boxes missing, Hours in line risking Cold. Sold out. No more For the poor, For the old. From the cornered Sanctuaries of homes The world outside is Wracked…

Charges, Parks, and Democracy

In the vigil and hush of our election victory Rings out the hammers of charges For the shot, for the framed, For those who laid themselves down To make the path to rights That were always ours, a path again. Let the engines roar Back into life. Let us not forget why we marched in…