Rice cooked to whiteness

Cloud-hued and resilient

An expanding cushion

Waiting for scents


Soy tinged pork cubes

Layers of fat mellowed

By a dark veil

Spun in deep sleep


The grouper’s salt skin

Needle bone,  high skeleton

Guard soft ivory

from probing


On an old farm yam-

Sticks taste of earth

And the kitchen vessels

Of mother


Singapore, 2013