Poem by Caitlyn Siehl

WhatsApp-Image-20160621“when your little girl
asks you if she’s pretty
your heart will drop like a wineglass
on the hardwood floor
part of you will want to say
of course you are, don’t ever question it
and the other part
the part that is clawing at
you
will want to grab her by her shoulders
look straight into the wells of
her eyes until they echo back to you
and say
you do not have to be if you don’t want to
it is not your job
both will feel right
one will feel better
she will only understand the first
when she wants to cut her hair off
or wear her brother’s clothes
you will feel the words in your
mouth like marbles
you do not have to be pretty if you don’t want to
it is not your job”

Nite of de Iguana – Cecil Rajendra

Nite of de Iguana

Kuala Lumpur: The “heroin-filled condoms” doctors removed from the stomach of a man who claimed to have swallowed iguana eggs have been certified as iguana eggs. City anti-narcotics chief said the chemist’s report confirmed the three objects removed from S. Adinarayanan’s stomach were iguana eggs.

Doctors who had operated on him after he had complained of stomach pains found three oval-shaped objects which they thought were condoms stuffed with heroin and called the police.

— ‘The Star’

So one nite
my wife she tole me,
“Ayah, really lah
nowadays you tak guna.”
I say, “Wat you mean,
wat you mean, wassamatter?” Read more

The Romantic Patient – Cecil Rajendra

The Romantic Patient

Penang-based lawyer-poet Cecil Rajendra - The Star file pic

Penang-based lawyer-poet-human rights activist and Past President of HAKAM, Cecil Rajendra – The Star file pic

The report said, he
had been suffering
from strange delusions
of justice and equality;
that he believed in
such myths like love
brotherhood and liberty.

Worse, the man in question
had visions of an open
society: free from poverty
bigotry and corruption.
He also had a long history
of dreams of a friendlier
environment for his children. Read more