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13 Ways of Looking at a Durian

1

Perhaps this green spiky ball
Without its chain
Is the prototype of the weapon
Once hurled in medieval wars.

2

The smell of the durian is overpowering,
The taste of the durian causes memory dysfunction.

3

The land of the Durian Eaters
Is the land of the Lotos Eaters
There is a problem with time.
There is a problem with credit cards.

4

Dedicated durian eaters
Have telepathic powers
Perhaps the durian chemical
manipulates the cerebral cortex.

5

Is this why the CIA
Are interested in local durian technology?

6

It is also a known fact
That during durian season
There is an increase in UFO sightings
And alien abductions.

7

We should consider
That Extra-Terrestrials are among us.
Are durians narcotic fruits
From a far-off galaxy?

8

The flesh of the durian
Is the colour of Planet Durian.
Their tropical rankness
The humidity of Planet Durian.

9

Some love durians,
Others canít stand durians.
The government, fearing public calamity
Wonít allow them near the MRT.

10

In reality, lovers of the durian
Are seed-souls from another star.
The plain-thinking earth-born
Cannot stomach durians.

11

Beware the market-stall.
Durian sellers
Are alien agents
Peddling for addicts.

12

The increase of Durian addiction
Means the decline of the earthlings.
When all durians float in the air
The Invasion will be complete.

13

Next time a durian tempts you
Think of the repercussions for Planet Earth.
The choice is yours.
You have been warned.

By Chris Mooney Singh


QLRS Vol. 1 No. 4 Jul 2002

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  Other Poems in this Issue

Home Purchase
By Koh Jee Leong.

Forgetting How To Swim
By Joanne Leow.

Watching My Grandmother Eat Fish
By Joanne Leow.

Guardian Angel
By Cyril Wong.

Trainspotting
By Lee Tse Mei.

Monsoon
By Eugene Datta.

Lamu By Night
By Stephen derwent Partington.

Kopitiam
By Lau Peet Meng.

 

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