The Free World

Carthaginians in a siege


two hundred boys to Kronos.

O Babylon, O Phoenicia!

Your infidelity makes you

worse than whores

because even prostitutes get


You pay lovers to lie with you,

building temples of skinny on the big screen:

Fathers who destroy their sons,

mothers who set wolves on daughters;

As Milton turns in his grave,

Ginsberg tapdances at 1010 Montgomery Ave,

and Nietzsche spends his last years,

insane, howling, and alone.

© Alicia Khoo

Singapore, March 2013