You taught me
The rules of love
Sincerity, tender
Honesty, sacrifice.
But you also taught me
Rules are meant to be broken.

NUSA, Johor


Windows of the eyes

Rollercoaster: silent madness,
Adrenaline rush increases my awareness;
There are people around, stow away,
They must not see beyond their gaze –
You will be judged, with a sad smile,
They’ll tell you, “It’s okay”,
But their smiles betray them all;
You could see the laughter they’re trying to suppress,
And their jeers they stop to muster.
But you need care not,
For you have sunglasses;
You could block out their ugly minds,
Behind glasses of tinted lenses;
It’s dark and covered,
But you’re safe and forgotten –
They need only your eyes,
To see all they wanted.

Sky Wei


Running down tetris-patterned pavements
flip-flopping feet gushing to meet
a girl with ever rubified cheeks
that tease my eyelids open past midnight
shuffling through snapshots
sealed in my memory
made by fickle and fitful glances
collected in the span
of 1 month, 3 days, 2 hours and 17 minutes
to date. I hope I’m not too late.
– By Anntidote –

Long waiting

 A long, long time of waiting. A short, short time of losing. I don’t want it to happen. I love you so much that I can't afford to lose you. I don’t want to give up all of me just because you lied to me about your love, your sincerity. I don’t want anything else, just your loyalty and tender.
  The fire is burning.
  Please, don’t put it off.

NUSA, Johor


Whatever crashed you

You were able to move past it

That’s natural. We recover. We get damaged

And then we rebuild

I couldn’t rebuild. I don’t even think I want to rebuild 

I was shattered and maybe it was best to keep me that way. 


Sumayyah Jaafar Ali


Fast Pace

Standing in the middle of a huge crosswalk

In a huge concrete jungle

Where eyes are looking down and looking ahead

Hands occupied with a cup of Starbucks, cellphone, newspaper

In their own bubble

And I am still standing here

In awe

With a nagging question:

“Why can’t I fit in?”


Sumayyah Jaafar Ali

Pulau Pinang