An excerpt of If You are Looking for a Sign, This is It
I look in the distance; discern two out of four Chinese characters:
“出口” green background, white fonts,
Universal man figure running to safety in
the Exit sign heralding the end to this tunnel.
The first character like a hand; yours now,
pale and deeply veined, fingers fanned free of mine.
The second character was me: closed and hollow,
space inside constricted, shapeless.
If you are looking for a sign, this is it, I imagine.
My poem If You are Looking for a Sign, This is It (or “安全出口” in the Chinese title) can be found in OF ZOOS, a Singapore literary publication, Issue 5.1: Varieties of English. More information here.