SELF PORTRAIT – a poem from Malaysia

Eddin Khoo

In the footsteps of my history
And shadow, I am caught
In the half light of remembering,
The house, the mouth,
The woman, whose cotton-coiled
Waist is the yearning for an India far away;

In the archipelago dusk,
This world is a water kingdom
That swims and hisses,
And urges a love for the shimmering hills,
The parched sand, the plaited rain,
Where, Malaya, my freedom,
Is a dark face reflected in this sea.

Eddin Khoo is a friend who, I hear, has famed, went up in the New York literary world, and you stopped writing to me. – Ekram.

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