your toes
before you dive
into the water.
Yes, this world
will burn you. It will
set you alight with desire
and boil your blood.
Feel the heat run
through your veins.
It only ever rises,
higher, and higher.
Can you feel it?
That frantic drumbeat,
the code of a man set aflame,
each cadence a call to arms.
That pounding anthem,of
his father and every father before him.
Do you hear it?
Before the words become whispers,
put them to song:
let that be the song of your life.

Filed under: Original, Poetry


A member of Singapore-based writing collective /stop@BadEndRhymes ("/s@ber"), Valen dwells in the swamp of poetry. He has been published in various publications, including Anxious Poets Society, Eunoia Review and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has performed his work at the Arts House, the Singapore Art Museum, and in various dingy bars.

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