13 May '13, 2am

"The Arborification of Baucis and Philemon" by Koh Tsin Yen, my fav Singaporean poet without a book | #Poetry

There are three things I like about the story: 1. Once upon a time two strangers came seeking shelter. They knocked on a thousand doors and were turned away a thousand times, until they came to a small, humble cottage. 2. The tenderness with which Ovid lists their offerings: a couch with willow frame and feet, and a sedge-grass mattress upon it; earthenware plates, goblets of beech coated with yellow wax, a silver mixing-bowl for the wine; the table set with cabbage and bacon 'saved up so long'; handfuls of green mint, olives, cherries 'preserved in dregs of wine, endive and radish', cottage cheese, whole eggs; nuts and figs, dates and plums and apples, purple grapes, a white honeycomb. When the wine in the mixing-bowl did not go down, they knew they were in the presence of gods. 3. To put a hand out and touch grace: your fingers interlocking with mine, weaving into bark; ...

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