Archive for ‘Shirley Maya’

December 31, 2014

Peace for 2015

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Peace

Let us embrace the pain,
That stinging taste of loss,
For life brings equal measure
Of both joy and suffering.

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December 23, 2014

Tis the Season To Be…

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Xmas

A season of blessings and sharing,

A time of feasting and carolling,

A moment for remembering kindness,

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November 28, 2014

Frozen – Ice Hotel Poetry Challenge

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Poetry challenge: Ice hotel poem.

IcehotelThe air stirs crisp and cold

It cuts like your wounding words

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November 24, 2014

Colours of Life

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN
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Photo from SMT’s Travel Journals

Soft like snow


Healing like rain


Passionate like a storm

Warm as yellow


Rich as purple


Pure as white

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November 20, 2014

The Loving Art

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Bleeding Pen

Create for the love of creation,

And not recognition.

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July 17, 2014

Suicide

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Today I saw

A man jumped

Four storeys down

To his death

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July 4, 2014

What defines our Beauty?

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Am I my lips, my hair, 

Or my skin achingly fair?

 

Am I my eyes, my breasts

That wish to protest but succumb to contests?

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April 21, 2014

The Bully

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

There is no need

For your snide remarks

And shaming retorts

I already feel

Like a pathetic loser

There is hardly any

self-esteem

Left in me

To disagree or fight you

I rather agree with you.

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March 26, 2014

The Storm

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

The seas rise in rage

Separating the living and the dead

Dreams are shredded

Hopes have been shattered

It’s hard to disengage

The tides rise and fall

As darkness veils and lies

Fury swallow whole

Humanity’s battered soul

Still, the ocean denies

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March 19, 2014

The Plight

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

All right, Good night

Sweet dreams, Sleep Tight

Words we say

On a daily basis

To our dearly beloved

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March 6, 2014

The Price of Silence

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

I promise

I will keep quiet

No one will ever hear

About the cobwebs and lies 

All the closets

Will be nailed shut

No skeletons in sight

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February 25, 2014

What makes a Brilliant Carcass?

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

No amount of concealer

Will hide the bruises

No foundation

Will quite cover the pain

No red lipstick

Will match the blood

Dripping from inside

 

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February 16, 2014

What would your verse be?

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

If there were but a verse,
Let it BREATHE –
Breathe life into Love,
Breathe Love into Life.

May your verse,

Embody the breath

Of Life and Love.

~ smt

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February 9, 2014

The Lyre

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

I am the lyre
That sings all melodies

For every child,
There’s a sweet lullaby
For every lover,
There are songs of ecstasy
For every loss,
There are painful tunes.

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February 4, 2014

Time and Tide

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Pic from SMT’s Travel Journal

The Pendulum swings

A life-line of meanings

Every word unfolds

As each breath 

Encapsulates an eternity.

~ smt

January 27, 2014

Our Human Connection

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN
Photo from SMT's Travel Journals

Photo from SMT’s Travel Journals

Our Human Connection
Is my addiction.

We catch glimpses
Of one another
Echoing each other
Through this cyberspace.

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January 22, 2014

Once Upon a Time There was Humanity…

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN
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Photo from SMT’s Travel Journals

Once upon a time

Humanity was seen

In every street corner

Parked at each lawn.

Conversations were conveyed

Face to Face

Letter were written

By loving hands.

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January 20, 2014

The Beauty of Words

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

Our pleasure is reading words

We create narratives from words

Our joy is reading the comments

We forge alliances thru’ our verses.

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January 18, 2014

Poem: Steel Tofu

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

I am sorry if I don’t parade

My shattered sensibilities

Around my neck,

Like a garland of self-pity


For the whole world to see.


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