THE BECKONING CORRIDORS OF OLD ALOR SETAR

There are not many old buildings left along Jalan Langgar in downtown Alor Setar, and of the few that endure, many have seen their better days. On a recent trip back to the capital city of Kedah Darulaman, the one time rice bowl of…

SUKA MENANTI

Tarhim menderu dibawa sungai, Lagu lama mengamit Qalbu; Sejuk kampung dibuai badai, Badai yang sama mengombak perahu Bangun bersimpuh di atas lantai, Merenung jauh mata bersayu; Ashik terkenang saudara handai, Bagai tafakkur di dalam kelambu Bernipah lebat tepian sungai,Pengkalan pagi nun di sana; Ayuh…

MORNING RAIN

This morning the rain came in a shower hitting the roof with heavy thuds; yet my baby deep in her slumber smiled and lost in a world of her own. The sound of the rain, a comforting strain, like a blanket nestled my baby…

LET’S SUP AT THIS TABLE

Come, my friendsto the table take,And be perfect Guestsyou will make Leave nothing of yourselvesat the gaping door,Lest deprived you’ll be the treasure in the store This table of ancient daysaccept none but the poor;In poverty we are One,“Host” and “Guests” no more! Look…

A BIRD TALE

It is too late to do anything now – shriek for help, make a dart for the hole in the mud or attempt at take off. The farmer was simply too fast. With her wings soaked with the rain, Murai could only muster a token…