Size / / /

we have only the memories they left us
curated with loving precision: divested
of darkness, despair, the lingering discontent
of bodies relegated to the shadows.

the myriad flavours of ancient childhoods
burst on our tongues in virtual experience.
holographic hagiographies remember our heroes
their valour and vision, integrity,
the people who loved them.

we bask in the richness of legends
weaving disparate cultures into harmony
taut in calculated, colourful tapestry;
every race has its place.
everyone is always smiling.

accolades glimmer in constellations of praise
set high on screens: best airport, port,
education, healthcare. non-existent crime.
the unrivaled efficiency
of our public transportation.

this, our inheritance!
pride sings in our hearts.

onward, always onward.



Davian Aw is a Rhysling Award nominee whose short fiction and poetry have appeared in over thirty publications, including Anathema, Abyss & Apex, Not One of Us, NewMyths.com, and Diabolical Plots. He lives with his family in Singapore.
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