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“Throughout Heaven and Earth, I alone am the Honoured One.”

—Gautama Buddha

from the back of a comfort delgro ah seng

kicked down the door and climbed atop

the nearest honda phantom and all at once

was faster than the fastest horse fast until all

of existence stood still and in the singapore

zoo an elephant wept in ancient memory

and the uncles in all the kopitiams raised

their cups of ang ji kao with the yellow egg

and yum senged in the direction of the

closest PIE exit and also shortly after that

ah seng lao bu picked up the door said

sorry to the taxi uncle then slapped her

son back across the road screaming why

he machiam no big no small like that



Cheng Him is from Singapore. Their work has been featured in The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), The Kindling, and Tiger Moth Review, among many others. They are part of the writing group known as the ATOM Collective.
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