sleight.of.hand.

the.old.lady.who.reads.with.her.hands.
in.the.calloused.shadow.of.the.stairs.
at.buona.vista.mrt.station.
is.not.here.today.
i.wonder.if.she.reads.this.city.
the.same.way.as.i.do.
her.fingers.clocking.the.miles.
decoding.white.silence.in.streets.
snowed.in.by.raised.ellipses.
on.hard.paper.
most.likely.i.will.not.get.an.answer.
not.when.the.free.sheet.she.distributes.
at.seven.every.morning.changes.hands.
and.leaves.a.mute.stain.on.the.tongue.
of.my.fingertips.
as.thank.yous.eventually.stretch.
into.goodbyes.
we.will.pretend.our.words.
are.the.only.things.capable.
of.codifying.the.city’s.silence.

Loh Guan Liang is the author of the poetry collection Transparent Strangers (Math Paper Press, 2012). His works have appeared in various journals, including Black Heart Magazine, Crack the Spine, Kin Poetry Journal, Mascara Literary Review and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Guan Liang currently lives in Singapore.

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2 Responses to sleight.of.hand.

  1. A moving poem, delicate as braille.

  2. Keith says:

    Wonderful words.

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