Blue Delphiniums by L Kiew

    I go on

    happiness of lilies and

    irises tucking into every inch

    and hole and scrape

    taking photos

    alcoves overflowing with

    white and blue delphiniums

    columbines campanulas

    in the afternoon heat

    roses tangling around the sundial

    wreathing trunks and hanging from branches

    garlands falling in cascades over walls


    he [ ]



    the path

    looking [ ]

    where where where is he

    he [ ]

    call him

    it rings

    shake n’ vac … it’s all you have …

    put the freshness back … is that?

    wrong redial

    number rings

    it is just a courtesy call to remind

    your <type> policy is due

    to expire in <number> day’s time

    wrong call

    wrong again

    number rings

    [ ] yes

    he’s here

    yes [ ]

    he died

    in my arms

    this morning


    A Chinese-Malaysian living in London, L Kiew earns her living as an accountant. She was shortlisted for 2017 Primers mentoring and publication scheme. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet came out with Offord Road Books in February 2019. She is currently a participant in the London Library Emerging Writers Programme.