When I leave
I wish to leave all, fully
to take away all memories
but then to leave my writings
as that shall be the only story
I hope you’ll think of me
Please forget all hideousness
of the real me

Neal Ym (Phalguni Y)
May 2017

Of one that flew away

In a realm of people,
I stand alone, eyes closed.
And I see you.

Sorrowful sweet sorrow fills the hollow upto the brim.
Sometimes it over-runs, and I choke a chokeful of sorrowful sweet sorrow, but —
it lets me see you.

And that’s when I open my eyes to see a world I didn’t despise.
As it rained every day and night,
Life’s music left for a distraction I didn’t write.

Neal Ym (Phalguni Y)
July 24, 2015

Rum reminder

Till the days I forget
the taste of salt water,
I took me from myself
with each port I anchored.
In the days I forget
the taste of salt water,
I put me in myself
with a rum reminder.

— A Charles Bukowski hints to himself of himself.

Neal Ym (Phalguni Y)
September 8, 2015