Poem of the Week — Ng Yi-Sheng

Posted on November 18 2017

from the poetry collection 'A Book of Hims'

"With you I light my anger.
You are tinder for the flame.
I beat my head against your breast and wait
for smoke.

Heat still lingers in the mouth
when you are absent. I cannot find
its punctuation. I quote your face,
I sing your pleasure in my hiccups.

Slice my hand and you fall out.
When I am furious, I may sleep inside your shadow.
Between our phone calls, those long silences:
also you.
Call this friendship, as a man befriends
the candles of his heartbeat.

The poem was about you, long before
it even started."
— Ng Yi-Sheng

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