The North-South Highway


Beyond the artery of the
North South Highway
Palm oil estates
Tiny dirt roads
Lead to village houses
And kampung chickens
And chequered sarongs
Hanging out to dry
And motorbikes parked
By the roadside
Leading to townships
And shophouses
And roundabouts
And town centres
With corner shops
And kopitiams
Into town centres
And to brick homes
And driveways
And car parks
And air-conditioned living rooms
And into the lives
Of owners sat watching
Premier League on ASTRO
Into the fabric
Of the sofa
Into the skin
Of everyday
Malaysian life.

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