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  1. You come to me
    as a short
    -ness of
  2. There isn’t much I can say nowadays
    without remembering the dead
    lines, crossed lines, double-spaced
    on the sidewalk, the
    lip-like repetition of endless jumping
    rope, the movement of the bow
    as it plays across the strings
    of my heart; and who can really
    say anything new about the heart,
    really, that oft-used thing,
    dirty red and pumping
    lifewater into pipes
    that we walk over.
    I am sick of it but
    it works for me
    still and still.
  3. …an island, now.
  4. No man is an island,
    but what about two?
  5. Sell my days on the market,
    cleave the father in two.
    Sell his tongue, raw
    and unscrubbed.
    This is not a poem
    this is a confession
    of the seductive quality
    of invisible market forces
    which permeate themselves
    into the veins of my thoughts
    and go to bed tucked under folds
    and folds within my brain, miles and
    miles to go before I sleep, and endless
    lines stacked upon lines like bodies in rapture.

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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