shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Born and raised in Singapore, Valerie Ang is a student of LASALLE College of the Arts' MA in Creative Writing programme. She is the author of the Magpie Ballads, published under the pseudonym Vale Aida, as well as the proud owner of a three-foot stuffed whale.

Valerie Ang

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Walking Home: Three Cinquains

The lake
in darkness dreams
unrippling, under spear-
like knives of light that float on it;
just breathes:

a game
of poker. Lamp-
light always flinches first.
The lake can live through anything
and I

who walk
on it can sleep
without your goodnight touch,
my hand in empty air, unheld
but full.