Our temporary apartment is right in the middle of the city. The Petronas Twin Towers are next door, as is the KLCC park. For food shopping, however, I have to go to what seems like the biggest, busiest mall in the world, Suria Mall. Not my idea of heaven. Still, it’s only temporary! I could not take a photo because they don’t let you take photos in there!
So here is my latest inspiration:
Caged with a million flightless birds
movement is bleak.
That hot stink of sweetness clings and cloys.
Sickly durian fug knocks me awry,
I battle on wings down
towards the prize
of shrink-wrapped aubergine,
It bends a little, like me,
so I tolerate that frost of freezing
on a polystyrene tray of Australian minced beef.
Twice weekly this must be endured,
for man must eat
and kitchen-time contains a whiff of freedom
from all this.