The Shallows Photo by Rodrigo Souza on Pexels.com They walk right inLike they own the placeIt's like I'm goneWithout a single traceTaking charge as ifThey're my kingdom's True heirsPray tell if you see thisWould you also be asking me Where? Where have I gone?Why let these shallows come?Why open the door For every single oneOf … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #11
You probably heard the question "Who's with me?" in more movies than you care to count (though I challenge you to name one!). There'll be like one guy asking this question of his band of brothers, just before they head off for new adventures. Or something like that. One year ago, I decided to give … Continue reading “Who’s with me?” The truth about friends
Dear C Earlier this week, on the way to school, you started humming along to Sting's "An Englishman in New York" on Spotify. But instead of "New York", you later replaced it with "Bedok", a town twice removed from where we live, and at least two million times removed from the Big Apple herself! When … Continue reading “An Englishman in Bedok” – Letter to C as he turns 10
When Breath Becomes Air Photo by Spencer Selover on Pexels.com As I live and breatheI hold fast to this momentIt's between past and futureI think it's called "being present"? As I live and breatheI count each inhalationOne. Two. Three. Four.Followed by an exhalation. As I live and breatheI close my eyesAnd clear my thoughtsOf the … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #10
"BUT WHAT CAN I HOLD?!!" My peaceful early morning was shattered by those five words, belted out at the top of my son's lungs. They were followed by a mumbo-jumbo of incoherence that I couldn't quite catch. Not from where I was comfortably seated in my morning "throne room" anyway. But I needn't strain too … Continue reading To “get” my son’s autism, I must go “small”
Dear C In the blink of an eye, you've moved up another primary school level. Congrats!! And your school even made the distinction very clear this time by moving you to a totally different campus. So, not only must you adjust to a new class with new friends and teachers, you have to adjust to … Continue reading How this stay-home-dad braved yet another first day of school.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash The Colour of Monday is Blue "Will you pack me a snackFor Tuesday?""Sure, my son."I always say "Will you drive over humpsAlong the way?""Of course dear one"I always say "Will there be school Wednesday, Thursday, FridayToo?""Yes, my son.And don't forgetMonday is blue!" (Cos that's his favourite colourThe colour of … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #9
Hey J! It's finally here. PSLE. Oops, I mean 2021! This is the year you enter an important phase in your education journey. This is the year every Singapore parent with a 12 year old sits up and pays the closest of attention to our country's most infamous national exam: the Primary School Leaving Examination, … Continue reading PSLE or “SOAP”: Five ways to beat it this year.
Photo by Anandu Vinod on Unsplash It's been like this Since the old year left.Heaven seems in endless tearsAs though bereft Of any notionOf day Or inkling of night.The rain just cometh and comethTo my left And to my right. Why has this new yearBrought down so much Precipitation?It makes me rethinkMy once hopefulAnticipation. That … Continue reading Let the rain bring forth a new song!