An Excerpt of Pin Yin


My teacher taught me
the Chinese phonetic spelling
for heart is “xin”, not “sin”, 
even if they both sound the same.

That was how I learned a heart
can deceive, had better
be pure and untouched,
marked only by a cross on a treasure map, 
quietly waiting to be found.

My poem Pin Yin can be found in QLRS, a Singapore literary publication in Volume 13, No 4. More information here.

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