Lisabelle Tay writes poetry and speculative fiction. Her debut poetry chapbook Pilgrim, published by The Emma Press, is out in October 2021. Her story “Surat Dari Hantu” placed first in the 2020 Dream Foundry short story contest. She lives in Singapore. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @lisabelletay.
I was twelve when my mother was born. Twelve or thereabouts. If I’d been older, I could have said things like I never wanted to be a daughter; I don’t have a filial bone in my body. Relatives could have tilted their heads at me, insisting I’d change my mind. But I was twelve so I said nothing. I had no relatives.
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