Out of Order | Ju-Lyn Tan

For Cao Fei’s Fu Cha

 

hush

hums

cradle

rock rock rock against the shadow

rock against splintered day

i left a girl splashing tears

for promise of shelter

to the brave men who

raise sail to catch the moon

reflected in mirror pool

echo after me

in my eyes

at my feet

filling the vessel

rock against stillness

towards bolstered rest

echo

….

..

me


Ju-Lyn Tan lives in Singapore. She aspires to share joy and beauty through her writing. She is a regular contributor to Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art & Words, and has poems in “Contour: A Lyric Cartography of Singapore” and “Seven Hundred Lines: a Crown of Found/Fount Sonnets”.

Blogsite: https://purplepumpernickelblog.wordpress.com/

Adrift | Ju-Lyn Tan

for Pulau Sudong, a tiny island off the southern coast of Singapore

inspired by Forrest Gander’s “Anniversary”

 

casting out still reeling from heady hash

whiff of scaley waft wet lumber

grates against tender fingers

 

sweet acrid fumes swirl riot

turn reel let out line

taut pressure on watch

 

splayed horizon splits sight

blurry dizzy motion churns

repast into buttered wave

 

emptied bowels bleed along

cracked grain of smooth board

flesh torn but tempers hold

(because I do not want to be known always by my wounds)

on the precipice

where choices are made

one more breath

one more step

clawing –  ineffective against glass

seeking – purchase against innocence

because I do not want your words to define me


Ju-Lyn Tan lives in Singapore. She aspires to share joy and beauty through her writing. She is a regular contributor to Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art & Words, and has poems in “Contour: A Lyric Cartography of Singapore” and “Seven Hundred Lines: a Crown of Found/Fount Sonnets”.

Blogsite: https://purplepumpernickelblog.wordpress.com/