In the spaces between these words,
first light blooms upon a mountain of shadow.
All that is hidden floats to the surface,
dying fish rising out of the ocean.
All that was unsaid dangles in the air,
a delicate mobile dancing into form.
In solitude, resilience springs forth,
a fountain which did not know itself.
In the chasms between each sound
whole civilisations are found
birthing themselves from the rubble,
peeling away bandages from forgotten fruit,
striking matches for a new fire.
A fragile world
crumbles to become
A star shines bright in a traffic-void sky. From the silence,
a single breath
of the universe,
releasing winds of revolution upon an unsuspecting earth.
• Deborah Emmanuel, 31, is a singer, performance artist and the author of three books, including memoir Rebel Rites (2016) and poetry collection Genesis (2019). During the circuit breaker, she got a puppy called Loki/Low Key.
• To read the other works in this series online, go to str.sg/30Days. To listen to them in a podcast, go to str.sg/JWkr
• For more local digital arts offerings, visit a-list.sg to appreciate #SGCultureAnywhere
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