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.

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