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I find that I cannot keep anything in recently /
I open my mouth and gratitude pours / I open
my mouth and your heart nests / I feel like the
boundaries of my body are no longer enough
to contain the entirety of emotion / Every sun
is a spotlight cast on a glitter-covered wall /
Each shimmer its own alternate universe /
I find that I am returning to a simpler place /
where things can be things / without so much
greater meaning / and some things can be good
without any other purpose / My veins are
remapping themselves into a portrait of you /
In my mind’s cinema you’re on all the posters /
You’re sitting quietly in the popcorn machine /
You’re turning on all the soda fountains / I do
not know if anything is real / I find that the
depths of imagination have been plundered
so often that I have been blinded for so long /
Every sign was a star staring into my face for
so long / so long / When this sun rises another
sun will set / That is the textbook definition
of reciprocity / I tell myself the world is not
that mysterious / Some things don’t need to
be worried about / It does not matter if we
live in a simulation or whatever / That kind
of thought is for armchair philosophers / and
wayside spectators to the show called life /
I like you / That was all I needed to know.

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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