Ask Noah

Try asking Noah

what colour is the sea that

devours and kills his believers.


The sea was once sacred and pure

then it was smeared

murky, dark.


If Noah were here

he would surely go madder still.


For the grim colours have lifted

yet the hearts of men

gradually grow black –

dense, sticky, demonic.


Even if Noah goes mad

I shall follow him. At his heels.



Zahid M. Naser
Translated from the Malay by Pauline Fan