Poetry: “Lenten Gragoh” on QLRS

Lenten Gragoh” | Quarterly Literary Review Singapore Vol. 17 No. 4 | October 2018

Easter Sunday; Sambal Sotong in the fridge. 
Belacan in jars. The longer you keep the Devil,
the tastier it is. I enter the kitchen.
Nanny’s already there
like Mary Magdalene weeping 
at the tomb. 
I smell the sea again. 
It has risen.

A poem that weaves Eurasian culinary traditions with Catholic rituals performed during Lent, a sacred time leading up to the Passion of Christ.