A Parting Sonnet


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Singapore, Singapore, 2014.

Singapore, Singapore, 2014.

There is sadness in joy, joy in sadness;
we of the present moment, ebullient,
hear our laughter, like falling petals
perfumed with melancholy, so transient.

The sorrow of an imminent goodbye
lies in the taffeta of bliss it weaves.
There are a hundred reasons as to why
the branches grieve over its parting leaves.

From bittersweet ache is a knowledge born;
delight in…

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  • #happiness #life #poetry #sadness #suffering
  • 1 week ago

Pyre of Pages

Smouldering Pages

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Phuket, Thailand, 2014.

Phuket, Thailand, 2014.

I fell in love with you
from a time forgotten.
Once a week, we would meet,
I, ever voracious.

You had illuminated my world
with possibilities, secret worlds.
With you, I learned and began to see
magic in the commonly unseen.

I grew up surrendering to you
hours and weeks, alongside my heart.
And as I carried parts of you home,
along the way, I found in you home.

But to…

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  • #books #censorship #heinrich heine #library #national library board #reading
  • 2 weeks ago

Of Flying and Falling


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Florence, Italy, 2011.

Florence, Italy, 2011.

Last night,
I dreamt of flying.

The catapult
from your lips
sent me soaring:
an endless trajectory;

the presence
of your absence
set my world
in oscillation.

a deluge
breaching the levees,
the left of my chest.

I find myself falling.

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  • #love #madness #magic #poetry
  • 3 weeks ago

A Song of Sadness

Krabi, Thailand, 2013.

Krabi, Thailand, 2013.

Unwritten words
creating an ache,
in a silent lacuna,
that reverberates.

You and I;
under a spell.
like an imaginary kiss.

Could a circle
one day find its end;
might it be true:
a forever finite?

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  • #love #madness #poetry #sadness
  • 3 weeks ago
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Why I Write

Cabo da Roca, Portugal, 2011.
Cabo da Roca, Portugal, 2011.

Cabo da Roca, Portugal, 2011.

Why do I write?

Because I love to read. Because I have fallen so wholly in love with words since I was a little girl, finding solace and secret worlds in them in the quiet darkness of the night, curled up in bed, or, on a moving bus, trying to catch the dancing alphabets as they bobbed up and down, teasingly, seemingly in an attempt to evade from my sight, but…

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  • #books #dreams #happiness #life #love #loveundwanderlust #meaning #passion #possibilities #raisond&039;être #reading #sylviaplath #words #writing
  • 3 weeks ago

A Drop of Colour


Linz, Austria. 2011.
Linz, Austria. 2011.

Linz, Austria. 2011.

A drop of colour
falls into water;
unravelling possibilities,
creating chaos.

Between the shadows
an artist appears;
painting landscapes
of dancing willows.

Before the easel
lies there his muse.
His fingertips, brushes;
her skin, his canvas.

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  • #art #love #madness #magic #possibilities
  • 1 month ago

Beyond Wanderlust


Budapest, Hungary, 2011.
Budapest, Hungary, 2011.

Budapest, Hungary, 2011.

What makes a traveller? One who has been to a great number of countries, who has covered extensive distances across remote lands, or one who has seen countless mountain ranges, volcanos, and waterfalls?

A self-proclaimed traveller at heart, I do not deny that I myself suffer from a severe case of wanderlust, always wishing to travel to every single country in the world,…

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  • #fernweh #life #love #marcelproust #possibilities #samuel coleridge #travel #voyage around my room #wanderlust #william wordsworth #xavier de maistre
  • 1 month ago

Alles Klar: All is Clear


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Bergen, Norway, 2011.

Bergen, Norway, 2011.

A Short Story:

Are there moments in your life when you feel so inconceivably happy, so wholly replete, that while basking in your exuberance, you simultaneously fear that your joy has reached its very zenith and that you could never be happier beyond this point, that things could only go downhill henceforth?

This was one of those moments.

In the whirlwind of magic, madness,…

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  • #alles klar #happiness #home #life #love #madness #magic
  • 1 month ago
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The Continent of My Heart


Kawah Ijen, Indonesia, 2012.

Kawah Ijen, Indonesia, 2012.

Waltzing words,
dancing decibels.
Veiled tectonic plates shift
amid tremors of affection.

Your effusions have sent
seismic waves throughout
the continent of my heart,
no longer to be found.

Do thoughts of love
reside in volcanos dormant
before one day erupting,
releasing its passion?

With fears retreating
into the hinterland,
do you feel it melting:
my heart in your…

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  • #love #magic
  • 1 month ago

The Ocean of You


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Nice, France, 2011.

Nice, France, 2011.

Do you feel sadness
each time when you see
the ebb and flow of longing waves
for a shore that never could stay?

Do tears of mine
that have yet to flow
wait in small lagoons, or exist
in your trickling streams?

You are the water
quenching my verses.
I am underwater
creating inadvertent currents.

The ocean of you
surrounds the island of me.
I, forever landlocked,
with you,…

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  • #life #love #madness #magic #ocean #water
  • 1 month ago

The Unbearable Lightness of Our Words


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Mount Bromo, Indonesia, 2012.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia, 2012.

Words that flutter
from our minds,
shining with lustre
line after line.

So we write them
into our book,
immortalising a gem
in which we both partook.

Because of you
I have come to long
for a lightness I never knew
existed all along.

Without darkness,
we would not know light.
Without your presence,
would I never become alive?

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  • #dreams #happiness #life #lightness #love #madness #magic #possibilities
  • 1 month ago

Du (You)


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Bali, Indonesia, 2014.

Bali, Indonesia, 2014.

I find traces of you
in all that I do.
Can you too feel
this unknown so real?

When our sorg
do you wonder
if the words within me
ache with desire?

You and I,
in a dreamlike lullaby.
Floating, falling,
akin to flying.

Hearts soaring high
in a whimsical sky.
Never did we deny
the impossibility of why.

Wherever you are
ceases to matter.
For even from afar,
you set my soul…

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  • #dreams #happiness #heimat #home #love #madness #magic #possibilities
  • 1 month ago

Folie à Deux: A Madness Shared by Two


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Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany, 2011.

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany, 2011.

Where I am, a storm is brewing;
where you are, is rain too falling?
Is it possible to derive all sustenance
from distant words so luminescent?

Here, we exist in a clandestine world
created by imagination as magic unfurls.
Wherever you go, let me go too;
shall we immerse in this folie à deux?

Somewhere near, somewhere far,
my heart is lost amid twinkling stars.

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  • #beauty #distance #dreams #folie a deux #happiness #life #love #madness #magic #possibilities #wanderlust
  • 1 month ago

A Sense of Home


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Glimpse of my daily world, Singapore, 2014.

Singapore, Singapore, 2014.

What defines a home?

We often regard home as the physical place in which one permanently lives – barring the occasional vacation through which one seeks respite in some other temporary, idyllic accommodation – sometimes changing as one moves, in tandem with the updating of addresses. Yet, does the sense of home necessarily have to reside within the physical, material…

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  • #happiness #hermann hesse #home #life #love #magic #pico iyer #possibilities #travel
  • 1 month ago

I Fear the Moment When Everything is Said

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Heidelberg, Germany, 2011.

Heidelberg, Germany, 2011.

A short story:

Of all the improbabilities in the world, you, one day, meet someone, a complete stranger, with whom you develop a deep, intense connection, almost instantaneously, marking the beginning of an effusive exchange of words, thoughts, and ideas, so riveting insofar as it wholly possesses your being, and then, on the fourth day, this kindred, poetic soul…

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  • #beauty #life #magic
  • 1 month ago