This poem is taken from Stand 224, 17(4) December 2019 - February 2020.

L Kiew Poem
Francesca

who stood
ready at one o’clock

with fried rice on a plate
and Yeo’s tomato ketchup

who makes sweet
and sour pork better than anyone

who taught me
how to peel prawns and boil

the shells to inhibit their smell and
civets from coming to the backyard

who tends
the avocado tree, who picks its fruit

who showed me chicken feathers
snakeskin feet, choppered its head

draining rich ruby into
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