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Let it all work out in the end
of the river where you brought
your children to drown
their aspirations for something
far beyond the stage of this stage of life
I lie face-down in the water
and pretend I am an island
Some waters call for waiting
on bursting dams
as a poorly conceived
childbirth metaphor
Where am I going with all this
I suppose you’d have to read
the current
and see where I wash up
Let it all work out
Who cares about your fellow man
when you can be the one
living on the highest branches
of your half-sawed oak tree
painted white with bird shit like god don’t say it an ivory tower
the rain sycophants
the rain knocking on your door
asking to be let in
When did I let myself stop being an idealist
and become what we call a realist
when a realist is usually used to refer
to someone who makes no trouble
and makes no noise
does not make anything at all with his hands
not even a poem
or a sentence someone hasn’t already said
Let it all work out
I am stressed enough with school
to give a damn about anything that cannot be graded
I want to toss all my textbooks into a trench
I want to dive headfirst into a well well well look what we have here
Let it all work out
by doing nothing at all
eventually the waters may run dry
and we can finally meet in the middle of the lake
where we divorced
I’m out of this world
I’m still in it
I’m working it out
I’m out of working

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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