Poetry / October 2018 (Issue 41: Writing Singapore)

Arguing Over Where To Live In Singapore

by Toh Hsien Min

You’d lived in Tampines and Pasir Ris,
so you’ve a base of knowledge to proclaim
with no room for debate that Bedok is
the liveliest town centre in the East.
That contest was your way of taking aim
at what you deemed the dullness of the West.
I grant Jurong and Boon Lay are the least
attractive bits of Singapore, but the best
bits of the West boast calming greenery.
Although I guess that’s pitching it wrong to you,
who never travels for the scenery.
But if this lump of granite has no place
in which the twain can meet, what must ensue
between us shall be ever growing space.

ImageToh Hsien Min has published four books of poetry, most recently Dans quel sens tombent les feuilles (Paris, 2016). Besides Cha, his work has also been published in venues such as the London Review of Books and PN Review. He is the Chief Editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. (Photo credit: Alvin Pang)
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