staircase, block 104
by Tharman Shanmugaratnam
variation of yesterday’s game.
accusing shrieks challenging
and yesterday is no pakai.
and happiness is sometimes bought.
shall learn the ways –
smother their responses, cultivate
the measure of nonchalance: they
too shall squeeze into lives
and live with it. and happiness
is often sold.
screaming past the lightning,
then smiling through a
in the dark turn of the staircase
- From but we have no legends, co-edited in 1978 with KC Chew and Yeoh Lam Keong as part of the Young Writers’ Circle at the National Library