Menjelang 1 Mei

A rousing poem in Bahasa Malaysia from student of agriculture Chairil Aswad, on twitter as @schwarzenmann.  First published in E-Sastera Sajak Facebook group, 30 April 2015. Translation into Inggeris mine.  Views expressed are not etc etc. Celebrating May 1 [two_first] (For Lia) The city is no longer the place for me to record my poems… More Menjelang 1 Mei

Bonsai four years on

I started messing around with bonsais four years ago.  At the time, I guessed it would take me four or five years to have something decent to show.  Four years later, I see that I was wildly optimistic.  Still, the progress has been encouraging in places.  Like children, you need to take pictures every so… More Bonsai four years on

Crocodocious

Sometimes you don’t realize what you have in your own backyard.  I realized I have crocodiles.  Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only a short drive out of town but in 12 years I had never been.  Time for a field trip!  The Crocodile Farm is a bit like a petting zoo in concept, less grand than… More Crocodocious

Man Papaya

“As large as papaya, as small as keranji,
Break a branch and the fruit falls down
A face so lovely with manners so ugly
Is like rain falling murky and brown”
Growing papaya, or betik, from seed is easy enough – sow them on loose soil straight from the fruit and they’ll come up without trouble. The tough part is figuring out if your tree is a boy or a girl…… More Man Papaya