Ten thousand coins poured at a roundabout, Suspended in time, without a clink, Like a cracked iron bell that once tolled, Mourned for in a nearby church; Rust creeps on the brazen display Like robbers on the Yellow Emperor’s hoard, Moored on horseshoe clamps and clay, Outshone by a Cathay billboard. The sculpture’s alto ring (with a tap) Is lost in the din of sputtering engines Rushing. By love of lucre their owners trapped,
In Nicoll highway’s cave-in2 played a part. A torrent of coins deposited in air Crushes limbs and smothers art.
1 The Singapore Management University
2 An accident caused reportedly by the use of cheap, substandard construction materials that resulted in several deaths.
-- Eric Valles is a Filipino poet who has published the poetry collection entitled A World in Transit with Singapore literary publisher Ethos Books. The book has generated a lot of interest. Eric is set to participate in a panel discussion on the creative rendering of the migrant experience in a big local bookstore, and to read some of the poems therein at a conference with the island’s founding father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. He will also be included in the soon-to-be-launched Under the Storm anthology of contemporary Philippine poetry.