Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Light

This is a response to a writing prompt from AppleHouse Poetry Workshop.

When I was a kid, my family and I lived in a squatter colony where there was no electricity or running water. This prompt brings me back to those times, and to write about something we all take for granted, the electric light. Or rather, the absence of it..

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the light

you know,
the light from the single
pressure lamp in our hut
keeps the night at bay
keeps the barking dogs outside
the night

there is no tv, no radio
to distract my school work
except the light will dim
after a while
and dad will pump the lamp every hour
or so

to keep the kerosene flowing
feeding the flames,
and mum joins me at
the only table
mending a dress with what squares of fabric
she has

while dad reads the day's papers
crumpled and smudged
from passing through
many hands
while outside in the village the dogs
still bark.

written 09/02/10
revised 09/09/10

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ), 2010

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Blogger magiceye said...

wow wow wow!!!
great to see you back and what a wonderful entry!!!

21 September, 2010 21:47  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

You paint an excellent picture with your words.

21 September, 2010 22:09  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi magiceye,

it's great to see you too. :)

i will try to write more often, but there's no end to the hectic schedule in the office . :(

Hi Anthony,

thank you!

the original draft was much longer than this, i chopped off a lot during the revision, and i thought it was much better. :)

21 September, 2010 23:16  
Blogger Lynne Rees said...

Hi there - thanks for letting me know you wrote a poem in response to the prompt on AppleHouse. It's beautifully simple and vivid - thanks again for sharing it. Hope to see you at AppleHouse in the future.

23 September, 2010 01:52  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Ms Rees,

thanks for your comments.

yes, i should visit AppleHouse more often in the future. :)

23 September, 2010 23:55  

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