(#23/24): “Yearning”

Is this what I really long for?

Not family nor even friends,

But only the many delights

Of the local cuisine back home.


From sock-filtered ‘Nanyang’ coffee roasted in margarine,

To the carefully produced nine-layered ‘Kuih Lapis’ cake,

And succulent chicken rice that’s pressure-cooked to perfection,

To the humble carrot (turnip) cake well fried in lard and black soy sauce.


All this I miss, and much more.

A glutton am I, no less,

The pangs of my hunger cannot be satiated,

Oh, that I would be able to partake of them once again!


© 2017 S Phua

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