Sunday, May 20, 2012

going to work

I submitted this poem for a poetry competition "Moving Words" in 2011. It was to present works by Singaporean poets in the media spaces in SMRT trains and MRT stations. Although my entries were not shortlisted, 3 of them were selected for publication in an anthology, "Moving Words 2011 : A Poetry Anthology".

This is one of the works.

photo by alvimann
image from

going to work

this city outside the moving bus
was a throbbing blur of walls
and trees and impatient traffic

they said sunrises and mornings
are beautiful but someone must be lying
it was just a razor that hurts the eyes

as i rubbed a two-day stubble on my chin
the lady in the opposite seat was nervous
pretending to read a book check her nails

i do admit i don't look friendly
but i am running late i miss my cigarettes
i still have to clock 8 hours in the office

This poem is for Poets Rally Week 68.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2012

Labels: , , ,


Blogger magiceye said...

:) life can be a bitch!!
beautifully portrayed!!

20 May, 2012 17:16  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

it can be!
i wrote this because i have to work on a public holiday. :)

20 May, 2012 18:13  
Blogger Ravenblack said...

That's what mondays in particular are like when one has to go to work. :) Sunrise is like a razor, cool follow up with the stubble and wary fellow passenger, that is really what we are like in this city.

21 May, 2012 07:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

i think i have lived too long in the city... :)

21 May, 2012 21:11  
Blogger Ruchi Jain said...

very nice poem,,an unique expression..

25 May, 2012 12:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Ruchi Jain! :)

25 May, 2012 20:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reminds me of the Alice's rabbit-being late

29 May, 2012 09:41  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...


"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!".

thank you, zongrik.
usually i am on time for work, but there are always off days...

29 May, 2012 19:50  
Blogger ashok said...

good one!

05 June, 2012 21:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Ashok!

05 June, 2012 23:06  

Post a Comment

<< Home