Showing posts from April, 2018


MALAYSIA - The Pantun Prompt - #PantunPrompt by Afi Noor The pantun is a form of poetry that thrives in communities across Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and even Burma and Sri Lanka Write a pantun of 8 lines, with the rhyme scheme abab/abab or abac/abac. You can find out more details about the form at the following link: Omit all punctuation. Write like the millennials do. #SlangBonus: Include 2-3 local slang words. #SEAPoWriMo2018#SEAPoWriMo2018Day3#PantunPrompt Erghmagosh these memes be like Salty af
I cant even
Try my luck not to suck
But that's like so yesterday, irrelevant. Lepak hard coz feeling fomo
Bts with my bae
Only proof is with swafotos
On instagram story all day every day.
- Swit Marie
0349H 26th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Mother Mercy

#NaPoWriMo2018#Day29 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#nonet Write a trilingual nonet using all of the following words (in any language)- molecule, mouse deer, man eater, masculinity, mother, manja, merepek.
Merepek dengan Kemarahan (Running your mouth with Anger) вызывают изменение ( Vehzehvayut izmeneniye - Causes change) молекулярное (Molekulyarnoye - Molecular) Mousedeers become Man eaters Masculinity Misused against Affection Mercy Мать. (Mat - mother)

- Swit Marie
0144H 30th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Infinity Wars

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day28 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#epitaph#death Write an epitaph in memory of the death of all or any of the following - yourself, the world, a dream, an idea, a person, an everyday object, anything that you loved but has now been laid to rest #RIP
Today the sun sets over unfinished journals and unwritten scripts of stories that would only be known to those who were in the battle, tucked away in the folds of disappointment, layers of regret and ashes of defeat. The light dims over many obstacles, broken bones and broken spirits of the voices that faught its way through the caves and valleys only to be silenced by time, space, reality, power, mind and soul.
- Swit Marie
1819H 30th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: 50 Rich Traits

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day27 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#50wordsfor There are 50 words to describe snow. What else can you describe in 50 ways?
50. Toes that have smelled the ground
49. Soles that have tried many roads
48. Heels always ready to spring into stride
47. Feet that know where to go
46. Ankles like scaffolding
45. Calves that ploughed a true journey
44. Knees that have knelt before God
43. Quads that have conquered marathons
42. Hamstrings stretched to reach greater heights
41. Gluts that curve bodaciously
40. Hips that have danced till sunrise
39. Core as strong as pillars
38. Stomach that ventures for the exotic
37. Guts that challenge the mediocre
36. Chest as wide as the horizons
35. Heart that beats with warrior drums
34. Lungs that have tasted nicotine
33. Diaphragm that breathes deeply
32. Sternum that is humble
31. Clavicles that are welcoming
30. Shoulders that bear the weight of the nation
29. Arms that embrace fully
28. Triceps that withstand adversity
27. Bicep…

NaPoWriMo: Swungover

#NaPoWriMO2018 #Day26 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#jazz#music Find a quiet place and crank up the record player to listen to a seminal piece of jazz. Write a poem in response to it.

I loved dancing with you
Through our days and nights
Every beat felt right
In the moment
Being us, being true.
Pulsing through the rhythm
Let it rise and sink
Till the brink
In the space of the count
Living in the anthem.
In the breath of the step
Filling up the connection
Building the tension
Rolling into each stretch
Feeling each prep.
Speaking in your sway
Through each move
Every part of isolation
You had your individual groove
With the music we played.
You have made my heart full
Overflowing with joy
Feeling every push and pull
Streamlined every pattern
You made this dance beautiful.
- Swit Marie
0517H 29th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Tranquil

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day25 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#tanka Write a tanka using at least two of the following words - bicycle, journey, photograph, gunpowder, pillow, insomnia.
Our photograph
Taken by flash gunpowder
On our journey
Your sweet scent on my pillow
Cure for my insomnia.
- Swit Marie
0449H 26th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Mere People

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day24 prompt from Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#myths#legends This is my personal favourite. Re-write a popular myth from another point of view. Give voice to the voiceless. Let the marginalised tell their own story so they don't simply become a vehicle for someone else's heroism.
Undeniably Undines
Have fascinated us humans
for centuries
While they had our freedom
We had a soul
Willingly they paid a hefty price
Shorten their lives
Bless us with divinity
An unfair trade for immortality.
The human soul was all they longed for
To share, to hold, to love
At sea, the only love they could call for
Were wondering seamen
In their desperation
They called as sweetly as they could
Resorting to enchantment
All they wanted was affection.
Nereides would offer themselves
Hoping the lost would belong
Hoping for love to be found
changing the tides
With their song
Drunken; they had nothing to hide
The seamen would confide
Mermaidens gave their fins
For hideous confession
Men harpoon…

NaPoWriMo: A Series Of Unfortunate Events

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day23 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#worldbookday Today is World Book Day! What is one of your favourite books? Write a poem in response to either the themes, characters, style or plot of the book or even a response to the book cover.
The Baudelaires had many Bad Beginnings long before that unfortunate day at the barren beach till the admission into The Austere Academy. They were captured and at risk, clawing their way out of the Carnivorous Carnival, digging down and dirty through the Grim Grotto and fighting fearlessly free through the Ersatz Elevator only to find themselves once again in the hands of the obnoxious Count Olaf in the Hostile Hospital. Misery loved company and those none the wiser mulled themselves into the Miserable Milk hoping to find a meal but end up in painful Penultimate Peril. Their one place of refuge was in the Reptile Room, a sane asylum that kept them secure for a while before slandering the Slippery Slopes into the unforgiving Vile Vill…

NaPoWriMo: Breathtaking

#NaPoWriMO2018 #Day22 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#earthday#motherearth#gaia

Melancholic metronome
Pulsing in my chest
Lyrical memories
Fall like heavy raindrops
From the songs of the skies
Fall into puddles of rondes
Rebounds from the surface
with every breath.
Take the strings of my heart
Play them with a bow
Stroke them like a violin
Feel the vibrations
through every cord
Pulling from the depths
Stretching every note
Inhale and breathe out
Till the brink of mountain sides.
- Swit Marie
0840H 24th April 2018

NaPoWriMo: Wilting Moments

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day21 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#objects Choose two or three ordinary everyday objects; a blender, a bicycle pump, a biscuit tin, a side table, a lamp. Find the relationship between them and write about the conversation these objects might have or a story they’d all find themselves in.
#Day30#NaPoWriMo#lastone Last day, last chance, last drink, last dance, last goodbye, last legs, last kiss, last supper, last night, last place, last poem, last cigarette, for the last time, last but not least...
Last night their lullaby was about a moment shared between two souls trapped in different times
One was growing older,
withering like a flower at the end of the day
while the other stayed immortal
Like the vase that held the flower.
They briefly shared each others company,
Her body wrapped in his security
Him admiring her stunning beauty
They complimented each other
Like the stars in the night sky
Or fields of tulips in the mid of summer.
The day had passed so swiftly

NaPoWriMo: North Star

#NAPoWriMo2018 #Day20 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#duet Write a duet poem with another poet about your friendship. Collaborate. You could write about how you met, your first impressions, what you liked or didn’t like about each other, the significance of the relationship to you now.
It was a night of dance
Strangers became familiar
faces became smiles
Hugs between bodies
turned into warm embraces.
My voice caught your attention
You were drawn without boundaries
possessed by intoxication
Surprised by a familiar sound
And attracted to a jovial smile.
You said you wanted me
Not knowing why
But you were hell bent
On staying in this moment
Refusing the odds
Stopping time
Believing this was perfect.
I wanted to write a galaxy of stories
Alliterate your voice in my words
Your thoughts in my breath
And weave you into every sentence
To illustrate our universe.
You became my world
The ground I stand on
Where my feet sink into
The glorious mountains
that take my breath away
The magnificent…

NaPoWriMo: Beating House

#NAPoWriMo2018 #Day19Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#soundpoetry#soundpoem#jackmalik#dada A sound poem is where the phonetic aspects of human speech are foregrounded instead of more conventional semantic and syntactic values; "verse without words". By definition, sound poetry is intended primarily for performance.
Dom Tak Beh Dom Dom Tak
Don't Beh afraid now
Take heed in your stride
Beh all that you are
Don't stop coz your Heart don't stop Beh-Beh-Beh-Beating. Dom Dom D-D-Dom Dee Dee Doo
Дом книги (Dom Knyigyi) is a library
Дом (Dom) is a home
Hum to the drums
That Beh-Beh-Beh-beat
With every dee dee detail
Do what your heart says
D-d-dig into the book
Дом is a dome dee dee dom.
- Swit Marie
0914H 29th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: White Lies

#NAPoWriMo2018 #Day18Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#abstract#art Choose your favourite painting or sculpture. Write a poem in response to it. This piece speaks to me every time I look at it.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
Who held you near
whispers in your ear
Telling you had nothing to fear.
His arms were your comfort
With little effort
He opened your heart
You gave no retort.
He created this safe space
Within these walls was your place
He showed you his face
You showed him your grace.
In the lights and glitter
Your heart began to flutter
Your gaze became more blur
There was no way to recover.
Your judgement blinded by a veil
You could not see the betrayal
You trusted without fail
His dance with you was going stale.
He left without any goodbyes
Your ears were hearing lies
Full of deceitful replies
Leaving you alone to cry.
Fragile like porcelain
Hurt by his restraints
Left pale, weak and in pain
Broken in the rain.
- Swit Marie
0452H 19th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Bump In The Dark

CAMBODIA - The Khmer Prompt - #KhmerPrompt by Phina So Write a poem in the Khmer form: 4 line stanzas with each line containing 7 syllables. #FearBonus: The poem is about fear. #BumpBonus: There is a loud sound in the poem, that somebody has to explore.#SEAPoWriMo2018#SEAPoWriMo2018Day1#KhmerPrompt #Day17#NaPoWriMo prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #monsters#jabberwocky What monsters lurk beneath your bed or in your closet at night ? What scares the bejesus out of you? What dark evil entity, idea or nightmare keeps you up at night? Write a children's poem about your monster, either real or imagined.
Mama, what is that I hear?
Something going bump in here
Is it something big or small? sounds like it is coming near But do not see it at all.
Papa, what is that I hear?
Something moving going creak Tell me where did it go?
I am scared I do not know.
Gor gor, what is that I hear?
Something running going squeak I feel it is over here
Help, I dare not take a peek.
Here, let me switch on the light

NaPoWriMo: Mama Bear

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day16 Prompt from Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#spiritanimal Which animal is your spirit animal? What are its qualities that you relate to or wish you could have? Write a poem about it.
This piece was performed for If Walls Could Talk KL's 3rd Anniversary show.
Cubs grow up with the loving care of their mothers
Mama bear looks after them
Keeping them close
Nurturing them
My mama did the same.
I learned from mama
How to be patient
How to tolerate
How to look after others
But I need to learn how to let go
Let others be
Learn how to hibernate.
Papa bear wasn't always there His time for us was never fair but he was still present Enough for you to know his authority I learned from papa How to be strong How to be resilient How to be diligent How to be silent.
Bearing in mind
I always put others before me
Taking care of them
Taking them in as my own
Protecting them becomes my priority.
Bears are gentle creatures
Unless threatened
Or provoked
I usually wouldn't lose my …

NaPoWriMo: 88

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day15 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#halfwaythere#15daystogo#magicsquare#LoShu#turtle#fengshui#astrology Magic squares have been used as talismans for centuries to ward off evil or envy and to call in abundance and luck. They have acquired magical or mythical significance, and have appeared as symbols in works of art. If a poem could be a magic square, what would it look like? Write a poem by numbers coded with magic and power.
I turn Thirty For this year. It has been Eleven years since I first started my medical journey. UnFortunately having to deal with Three mental illnesses. I was stuck in a department that played Dirty with everyOne. Fighting for procedure with Twenty Two others. Dirty Fights, zero wins and lots of scars. Like when Twins Terribly Treat each other, Swiftly Finding ways to get attention but on other days, the Tension vanishes like magic and all is squared away.
34 11 43
31 22 35
23 55 10

- Swit Marie 15th April 2018 Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Hashtag

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day14 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #comedy#punny write a poem with a punch line or a funny limerick or something punny. Topic: online culture, social media
My Scene first started when you had Pinterest in poetry,
Instagramification from all the likes, hearts and thumbs up,
The masses Snapchatting their fingers,
Your heart beats Friendster than the speed of Tumblr and lightning
Memes spreading to every Facebook and cranny
Making the poetry world a Twitter place.
-Swit Marie
0636H 15th April 2018
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NaPoWriMo: Baby Blues

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day13 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#music Write a poem that celebrates a style of music that you love - its culture, its time and space, its people, its country, its city, its sounds.

Baby baby baby baby blues
Strumming along the guitar
Letting the pulse beat with your heart
Bleeding words on the stage
Becomes a work of art
Don't matter what's your age
Just write it on a page.
All your feelin'
All your stressin'
All your lovin' and your livin'. "I sing The blues."
"Damn right I got the blues
From my head down to my shoes " - Buddy Guy Get down deep in your knees
Let the groove make you move
C'mon on baby, baby please
"The blues are the roots
and the other music are the fruits." - Willie Dixon
Ain't nothing better than The Blues
No way you gonna lose.
The Blues are gonna jazz ya
The Blues is the remedy
The Blues will get ya feel better
The Blues are gonna get ya!
- Swit Marie
0530H 14th April 2018
Taman Ba…

NaPoWriMo: Wait A Minute

#NaPoWriMo2018 #Day12 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#ivegotissues Choose a social issue close to your heart and pick one object to relate it to.
Close your eyes
Take a breath
Count to ten
Let it out.
Make peace
Find a reason
Take the time
to remember.
E x h a l e... Move forward
But do not forget
this moment.
This is where
we let go
Release yourself.
Be kind
To one another
Be patient
With your neighbour
Do not lose hope.
- Swit Marie
0502H 14th April 2018
Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Teening

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day11 Prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#middleschool Middle school is that awkward period between primary and high school, the first couple of years of secondary - Form 1 and 2. I recently met up with my Middle School bestie. Seeing him always throws me back to awkward kisses and dancing, Wendy's baked potatoes with cheese and broccoli, the music of The Cure. Who were you in Middle School? What was your smell? What did you love? Who was your crush?
13 was always unlucky
14 was either sap sap sui (easy peasy)
Or yat sei zhao sei (once dead is dead)
No matter which way you look at it
It was neither odd nor even.
Skin had bumps and craters
Looking like a pizza
all oily and yummy
Served with awkward smiles
Questions dressing our eyes
Being nosy with gossip
sauce-ing our ears.
Infatuation for boys raised quickly
Like a scene chasing to its climax
Things kept changing
Like plot twist endings
Those years disappeared
As fast as popcorn
During an action scene.
Being in the …

NaPoWriMo: Gemilang

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day10 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#elections#GE14
Change of plan! Democracy, elections, nationhood, power, hypocrisy, hope, change, helplessness, corruption - write a poem to suit the current mood.

This piece was performed during If Walls Could Talk KL's 48th show in accordance with NaPoWriMo 2018
Tanggal 31
Remove the 31 layers of false flavours
Accusation trends and ramifications
Every flash memory of people yelling out their patriotism to their race and roots
that dug deep into the grounds of Merdeka
Hang up the glory days of the life that was and the memories of yesteryear
31 days is not enough to heal the wounds of racism or remove post colonial scars.
Bulan 8
Crescent, half, full and blood Moons have gone by
Months with no returns and growing loss of hope in the natives' eyes after seeing their lands go corrupt by rust in the hands of the pale
Their seas stripped of its oily richness
Virgin soil ploughed by industrial blades
Timbre traded for foundatio…

NaPoWriMo: Lonely Snowflake

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day9 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NapPoWriMo#loneliness#pckl Personify your loneliness. What does it smell like? What does it taste like, look like? How does it add beauty to your landscape?

I come around with the seasons
When the skies are grey
During winter days
Here I am
Eagerly waiting to form
Wanting to be born
Longing to fall from the sky
Hoping to fall gracefully
Not wanting to be lonely.
I stay the longest
when there are others around me
We fall together
Stay together
Hope to last forever.
When I am alone
I melt away by the warmth of people
When people walk past me
And decide to stay
I last longer at night
And disappear in the light of day.
You won't always notice me
unless you pay close attention.
- Swit Marie
2058H 11 April 2018

NaPoWriMo: Treasure

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day 8 Prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#dodoitsu どどいつ #pckl The dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form. This 4-line poem has seven syllables in the first three lines and five syllables in the fourth–and final–line (7, 7, 7, 5, or 5, 7, 7, 7, 5). The dodoitsu often focuses on love or work with a comical twist.
Look into my treasure box
There you are looking at me
With your sweet cinnamon eyes
Your gaze calls to me.
- Swit Marie
0042H 9th April 2018
Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Neaurotransmitters

 #NaPoWriMo2018 Day 7 prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo Today I'm teaching sonnets to 8th Graders. You can write one too. Topic: Astrophysics, science, the future . Easy peasy!
Biology is as close to Science as I could get in attempts of writing this poem Spenserian Sonnet Invented by sixteenth century English poet Edmund Spenser, cribs its structure from the Shakespearean—three quatrains and a couplet—but employs a series of "couplet links" between quatrains, as revealed in the rhyme scheme: abab, bcbc, cdcd, ee.
When we open our eyes in the dark
Pupils enlarge trying to find light
Neurons in the brain fire sparks
Our form goes into flight or fight.
Unable to see what is in our line of sight
Our body is served a shot of Adrenaline
No way of telling left from right
Dodging what we think we have seen.
Low levels of Dopamine and Serotonin
Causing anxiety in the midst of 'danger'
This rush doesnt release Endorphin
Instead a rise of frustration and anger.
Could it be th…

NAPoWriMo: Мамочка

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day 6 Prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#pckl#heroes
Who's one of your real life heroes? Pick 3 traits to go with this person - kind eyes, big feet, a voice like rain eg. Write a note to your hero reminding them of why they are a hero to you.

An ode to you,
My source of love,
Your endless kindness is
my motivation to keep on
living and fighting.
Your face of youthfulness
hides the worry and anxiety
you never show the world
You face every challenge with
strength and steadfastness.
Always being compassionate
Sacrificing for your loved ones
Even strangers feel your warmth
Your patience is the pillar
that upholds our family
You always do what is best
Instead of what is easy.
You are a woman of many talents
And have mastered them all
Sewing every stitch for charity
Cooking to feed the hungry
Dancing feet that taps into every story
Inspiring me to be my best.
You stood by me
with every step I took
Went before me to look
out for me
Backed me up in trying times
Encouraged ev…

NaPoWriMo: FYI

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day 5 Prompt by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#pckl#forgiveness We've all screwed up. We all deserve forgiveness. Forgive yourself for one thing today.

For you, it was easier
For me, I gave you my all
You were my perfection
I made plenty of excuses
You gave me your promises
I gave you my trust
I let go of you and us
I moved on to being better.
For you it was either black or white
For me I understood
Why I accepted every shade of grey
You were quick to judge
You hardened and burnt our bridges
I knew we both weren't right
I believe that you were good
I forgive myself for wanting to stay.
- Swit Marie
0336H 6th April 2018
Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Dreamer

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day 4 Prompt from Poetry Cafe KL #Day4#NaPoWriMo#pckl#ihaveadream On this day in 1968 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Write your own “I have a dream” manifesto.
I believe in refuge.
Having lived in
A world full of cruelty
Varying degrees of self righteousness
Envy seeping between every sentence.
All humanity cries for kindness.
Dare we believe and hope
Restore faith in ourselves
Envision a world without malice
Arrest our thoughts of negativity
Make peace with our past.
I believe in Grace.
Hear the voices that cry
Adhere to the cry of our future
Venture toward forgiveness
Err not in selfishness.
All we need is a little patience.
Do no harm to others
Respond without anger
Encourage the good
And correct what
- Swit Marie
1825H 4th April 2018
Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Prism

#NaPoWriMo2018 prompt Day 3 by Poetry Cafe KL #NaPoWriMo#glasshouses "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"
          Existing   People        System    who of hierachy    live           Put     in         In place     glass             Trying     houses          To rule one     shouldn't     To curse all     throw             People    stones

- Swit Marie
1528H 4th April 2018
Taman Bahagia

NaPoWriMo: Lightweight

This piece was written for a special project Sylvain and I are working on. If all goes well it will be on display with some of his photographs at a cafe in Paris. This is one of the drafts and I hope to be writing many more when he is done choosing the photos.
Prompt for #NaPoWriMo2018 Day 2 Theme from Poetry Cafe KL: Rebirth
"Spring is here! We are officially and symbolically coming out of the darkness and moving back into the light. We have been resurrected after a symbolic death. Write a poem about new beginnings, fresh starts, letting parts of ourselves die only to be born again."
At dawn
I breathe in the light
It stretches out
into every space
my chest contains
Expands within every breath
Warming valleys between my ribs
Embracing my heart
like the waves that wrap the shoreline.
Exhale leaving silhouettes
Like silver against dark velvet
Moonlight glowing in the night
amongst the shadows
Like stars twinkling in the universe
Drawing constellations
in the spaces of my lungs.

NaPoWriMo: Fool's Letter

#NaPoWriMo2018 Day 1 prompt from Poetry Cafe KL Day 1 #NaPoWriMo#AprilFools - "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." "There are more fools than wise men, and even in the wise man himself there is more folly than wisdom." "The greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. " "I do not suffer fools gladly" - Write a poem about a fool, foolishness or any kind of tomfoolery. Foolscap paper
Full of capital letters
Fools capitalising on the latter
Fools capturing hearts
Fully realising it is better
to be fooled.
- Swit Marie
1748H 1st April 2018