Tue | May 17, 2022

Poems

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Apparitions

Hello, ghostly angel of the night,

Here, the other ghost of recent apparitions

That make the last minutes of a life a worthy passage

Dancing at DubC we crossed each other’s eyes smiling

As two palms swinging a sweet storm together, close but separated,

As Reggae hummed our senses in a slow but sensuous delight

And then again, a second apparition at Jerk 2too,

A brief and blue accidental face-to face that flashed again the Paradise lost

But le’s rejoice! It seems that we, ghosts, can bang sometimes the universe

And trip as astronauts beneath the moon dust tunic of our dreams

To follow the tails of our kites

I wonder if it is then, when some wise women say, that certain dreams come true;

Or else they sing ancient stories about destiny,

like the one that befell Troy in a war fought for Helena in a dice game between the gods,

unbeknownst to men

(But then… we are the ghosts, somehow immortals, and able to create or recreate our own myths if we care to do so)

I wish I had a pigeon from your hearth

To tie this message to his paws

As an arrow that flights directly to your dovecote,

Your intimate centre, as I paint for you a delicate cobweb,

A little window in the forest, to wait for you to appear again

and converse the music of our ghostly beats and silences.

Cordially Yours,

Ghost

- Juan Rulfo

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The Narcissist

Nothing can hide indefinitely;

Their ways are unveiled eventually;

Mostly when the adrenaline rises,

the fakeness expands in the midst of a crisis;

When the masks fall to the floor

it will leave them embarrassed,

as if, a conscience is a cold sore;

Their eyelids batters, lips pursed

scoping the room for a victim to curse;

Tis the heated moment for shoulders to rise?

Or maybe a pinch of guilt

thrown in with crocodile cries?

The narcissist is never wrong,

Perfection is the chorus of their song,

So never you wait for a narcissist

to concede,

for an apology is something

you’ll never receive.

- Angela Yap Chung.