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Deputise the means of resistance /
I’m folding over in my cell-room of
misplaced desire / scrabbling at
stone walls with a stolen spoon /
oh give me an answer you quiet
/ give me the key you masked
bastard / your face forever in
the shadow of an oversized ego /
I walked into this trap voluntarily /
or at least now I’m telling myself
that was the case / open and shut
like a hood in a car crash / oh why is
love such a guilty thing / one day
the door swung open on its own /
almost as though I willed it by
not caring / but I’m worried
it leads into another cell / mitosis
of my anxiety / oh how I am a
lost dog on a hiking trail / head
to the ground trying to find a scent
of tomorrow / my feet are walking
too fast for me to catch up / or maybe
this is all a dream and I am a butterfly
on the corpse of a sheepdog / lapping
up blood in a pseudo-poetic / hope
is a dangerous weapon / especially
when it comes to the heart / I walk
out of the prison compound
nouns heavy in my mouth’s
riverbed / the fish long dried
and dyed shades and shades of pink

Freewriting Explanation: Every day, Valen shall use 5 minutes to write completely unprompted and uninterrupted, letting the words lead the way. There is no end purpose to each piece, but rather, the pieces are allowed to develop naturally in their own way. The pieces are then uploaded without edits.

Filed under: Freewriting, 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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