mindful, now of the knife /
fingers spread and tight-
lipped / keep the secret
of how to cut behind
pillars of flesh / find the
time to learn how to sever
the here from the now /
these are two different
concepts / distinguishable
periods in time / boredom
pushes us to do these things /
to toy with the idea of something
that can never be reversed /
not all change is good /
but boy do we
love / to fall into
a pit / and emerge anew

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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