A gangster falls in love with weakness

The pistol cries to take over the city
In a safe lives a mansion
A thief thanks the conductor
A mask lies for manners
Daisies are found in an oven
I brandish a one way ticket
Laughter wants my mistakes
His power drops off the balcony
And knowledge wants nothing but to watch a film
About desire.

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water from a copper dish

eating with your hands

sweet grapes swollen

with tears

I was too young to know


between hating and forgiving

the madness we endure

© Alicia Khoo
Paris, May 2012