… something or someone ought to vanish.

At the Dentist in Michigan


Winner of the 2015 Singapore Poetry Contest

I have to touch the red
velcro strap holding the mirror
to the chair, so much
like the one I used
to bind the textbooks I clutched
to my navy school pinafore
that I think it must be
a trick, so something or someone
ought to vanish.

I keep half my possessions
at my parents’ address
in Singapore, I keep
seeing things
where they don’t belong.