By: Haikal Danial
We would meet again in the forest.
Our promise, 12 years ago,
Memories with my dearest,
Exploring an abandoned chateau,
I was too young to understand,
When Amber alerted my dad of you,
Did you go missing, unplanned?
The boy who kissed me out of the blue,
My 12th New Years alone,
The promise still true,
Years pass and I’ve grown,
But I’ll keep trying to find you,
By: Chris Phang
coffee and caffeine,
synchronised like two peas in a pod,
so rich and smooth, yet bitter and dry,
you brewed it with such intention,
had me intoxicated with the bitterness hidden within a candied disguise.
was it the coffee kisses that I tasted?
it provoked an acutely saccharine memory of you within me,
that’s as sexual as it is sacronanct,
a sip, a swallow, and off I go,
as I vanish down into your throat.
a beautiful picture of us has formed,
from the little coffee bean percolating through a filter,
alongside a double chocolate chip courtesy of you,
so delicate, and yet so simple,
laced with cappuccino hugs to trick your lovesick mind.
overflowing mugs of latte to spill on your hands, your lips and your heart,
consider it magic, bewitchment or a spell,
a brew so precious like a sacred treasure,
meant to kiss your lips in a loving embrace.
and here you are, kathleen, the object of my affection,
a reminder of the love I felt in my first cup of coffee,
perhaps this is why I love you even more,
for you have my soul and my heart.
By: Julia Rosalyn
by our phantoms
that sting lifetimes
Broken skin that wields
blisters of fractured ties.
We then arrived
reviving yesterday’s hope
And bearing miracles
Spilling silver tears
over pooling blood.
You would give us the world
But not without guilt
In knowing that it
broke your backs
through your dreams.
morphed into poison
And we see it
pulsating in our vision
Tinting the world
in a fiery blur.
You would have us be
caricatures of paragons
We would break our own backs
no matter how forlorn
Only to make
well worth of your dolour.
Within us that poison imbues
Drifting our notions askew
until our lives are
As we cling onto
vestiges of the past.
this poison that we feed
courses through our minds
And pelts on our sanity
as it trickles through our bonds
And is reborn in another.
But this curse
ends with us
As we gulp down a cure
for this soulful poison
So that we may heal
and love anew.
You who were
a martyr for our future
We glorify your struggle
But it will not justify our own
So that the future you strived for
Will be for us both.
As I look at you
A thousand stars threaten to spill out my mouth .
My heart is burning white into my ribs.
You are like the sun ,
I stare at you and close my eyes
to trap some of that gold in my irises
I want to show you
how you make my insides glow –
Unfathomable i can’t put it into words
Let me cup your face in the palm of my hands
And hold you hold you,
Did you know you were capable of creating such happiness ?
By: Haikal Danial, Chris Phang, Julia Rosalyn and Saoussan