I have been in a very discovery mood recently /
I find that my mind explodes like a new year
firecracker over the absolute smallness of
things / It is as though one thing is said
but a million possibilities are now open to me /
Yesterday in the midst of writing a paper
I heard someone say that if you shave
a husky their inner layer never grows back /
And I think all the huskies in Thailand
that I planned to visit whenever I find myself
in a plane must surely mourning their manes
or are they so fed on love they don’t care
that what was once part of them was
now gone forever / It continues to amaze
me that the human race is so full
of potential but it is so underused /
You can print literally anything
you want on a T-shirt and wear
it forever / Why are there so little artists
when you don’t need much to make an
impact / Inadvertently I listened in to
a conversation about plant cuttings
and memories of science classes
sprouted out of the recesses /
Cut something off to grow
whole again somewhere else /
That must be a metaphor for everything /
I’m in a very very discovery mood /
Every day feels like I’m Dora the Explorer /
It is like I found a shut door behind a
cabinet and finally pried it open
only to reveal another cabinet /
It’s like someone’s come to
fish the truth out of me
with their god-blessed fish-hook /
It’s like – 1+1 = 2 is something I learnt just today /
It’s like up until today I don’t know
how I have been living without
appreciating these simple truths
and being thankful always /
It’s like … … … … wow wow wow wow wow

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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