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Poems

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 2 2016   /  11:55 am

“colorblind”

by Joshua Ip

after the blind civil servant had his op

and gained his sight, he drafted a complaint.

the colors are all wrong. like that they won’t

be able to tell each ethnic/cultural group

apart. why not chinese yellow, malay blue,

then indian red. bright colors. not this muddy

earth-tone nonsense can? then all the others

get orange, purple green. make sense to you?

he paused. his memories nova-ed with theflavor of gold curries, silver fish, blood-red tulang silk-violet brinjal, crabs grilled a peppery hue,

lush kangkong green, white soy, the vibgyor

palettes of fruit plate, rojak, ice kacang —

he saw the light. he’d have to think this through.

Joshua Ip is a Singaporean award-winning poet. He is the author of Making Love with Scrabble Tiles, published by Math Paper P...