“No. 16: Esplanade”

About the Esplanade,

The country’s premier arts centre,

Opinions are divided.

For seen from above,

It does resemble a giant housefly at rest,

With huge eyes open.


Curiously though,

At ground level,

With steel slats all over the glass roof,

A seeming afterthought,

Against the blazing tropical sun,

It looks more like a durian.


The popular nickname is certainly apt,

For this “King of Fruits”,

Succulent though its flesh may be,

Akin to a chemical WMD,

Its notoriously pungent aroma,

Aptly describes some of what it passes off as culture.

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