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Selangor, Malaysia

Contributors: Eddin Khoo
Selangor, Malaysia

« In the beginning, No beginning, only The silvery glimpse of a history, Solid as a rock, Or the lotus. »  —Eddin Khoo, Varnam

year after year
i bear you name
maya
from village to village
i bear it like a fresh wound
on my brow
maya
from city to city...

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Old Chinese Temple in Klang, Selangor
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(from a Malay Pantun)

The flying dove high above,
Perches a while on a dead tree;
Strike the water in a pail,

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(for M.K)

In the beginning,
No beginning, only
The silvery glimpse of a history,
Solid as a rock,
Or the lotus.

Till you, Shiva,
Ashen faced, plough lined,
Danced the...

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Morning star: like a signal
To stop. In the hard air words venture, through night,
In sleep: somnambulists plan, on the wings of a cloud, bare,
Towards a cape

That sometimes disappears...

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(an episode from the Sejarah Melayu – the Malay History)

And then several horses and cows and goats were slaughtered. Rice crusts collected in a mound. Water for the ceremony amounted to an ocean upon which...

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In the footsteps of my history
And shadow, I am caught
In the half light of remembering,
The house, the mouth,
The woman, whose cotton-coiled
Waist is the yearning for an India far...

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(for J.F.R, with thanks to Michael Longley)

I will tell you this;
That love, is the art
Of green hands, nestled
Keen as the root,
In red earth.

Here, where my body
Grows thin...

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Selangor
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