Chinatown, such a kaleidoscope of rich colors and ear-splitting sounds Amid shouts of ‘Cheap, cheap, murah, murah! ‘ abound
A human wave of heat hits you As you push through the barrier of flesh And avoid colliding with all manners of clothes and handbags Hanging at head level without price tags
Confused by the myriad colors and endless wares Pushed from the front and pressed at the sides Tourists here and backpackers there and everywhere
You reciprocate and join in with glee Stopping at last to strike a good deal And end up loaded with ‘Nike’ shoes and ‘Gucci’ bags Satisfied with nary a care for authenticity
You push against the last of the crowd Finally out into the cool fresh night It is a moonlit Chinatown night, a beautiful sight!
Poet’s Note – Almost every country has its Chinatown. In Malaysia’s city of Kuala Lumpur, the Chinatown is located at a street called Petaling Street which is closed to traffic so that traders can peddle their wares. It is very busy at night and a favourite among tourists.
From young, I have a love for the English Language and have been a voracious reader of novels, getting my fill from the British Council and later at the U.S.I.S. Clearly the writing style of UK and American authors is different.It is only about three years ago that I ventured into the world of poetry, and starting to pen my own poems. I find it gratifying and fulfilling to have an opportunity to put my thoughts, feelings and emotions into poems and haiku.
A lead goes nowhere, a ladder, a snake, bloody steps; a city mourns, while blackened walls of a house search its owner. Shadows of grainy straws move under the eyes. Scent of nails bites bronze silence. Sips of cold statements
Standing at the side of the street, I witness the changes through subsequent visits. A glass tower, built some days back, stands tall, Gobbling away space, around the nearby corner shop, that avoids fall. The corner shop was built few
Tables laden with stones and gems, Adornment for a lady and her hems. Cat’s eyes in necklaces, sapphires and rubies, Shimmering in oriental colors- Such beauties! Strange and mystical dark objects, Matched by inscrutable, smiling Nepalis. Eager to please and