He was once an albatross, an island, a planet, a boulder, a wolf, a banana tree, an ant,
a snowflake, a raindrop.
What were you in your past nine lives?
In the dark, an orphaned lamb bleats for milk.
It finds an empty well. Sticking, it’s head in, it begs for wisdom.
It begs for nurture. It begs for love.
The well simply echoes in reply.
In the dark, cicadas sing lullabies for the Bisan spirit who wanders the camphor trees.
Tales of a world beyond the green, with lights brighter than the sun.
Hope! Hope! Hope! They sing.
The Bisan knows she will be forgotten, but smiles still.
In the dark, I listen.
Muhammad bin Abdul Rashid began writing short poems as a way to romanticize his nightly musings. His stories take heavy influence from his culture, spirituality, religion and this fast-paced country. He loves to incorporate old cultural practices in a modern society to see how such characters interact. He enjoys watching foreign European and Asian films with his family. He holds a diploma in Film & Media Studies. Muhammad enjoys filming, photography and exploring nature spots across the island.