Struggling with the Old Self

June 1, 1994

This poem first appeared in Focus ’94 (1994), the annual publication of the National University of Singapore Literary Society.  It is also featured on Postcolonial Web and in Softblow Poetry Journal (2006).


Struggling with the Old Self

can you run again
when Diocletian has caught up with you
can you run again
this time can you can you leap again
a frog from his welled view

this is no man’s rain
you are no Elijah and this voodoo
chants old ghost again
from old wells from old rains of an old strain
can you run can you

Gwee Li Sui


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