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  • Huszainy Sa'ad from ELEVEN

Daffodils are best.

Okay, remember.


Buy milk, eggs, tofu.


Pick up medicine.


Ring up your son, Din.


Dinner reminder.


There’s something missing.


It’s fine, I’ll ask Din.


Said he’ll come over.


Come over today?


Maybe tomorrow.


Doesn’t matter, I’m


Not anywhere else.


It gets so quiet here.


Okay, groceries.


Milk, eggs, and tofu.


With every step,


Milk, eggs, and tofu.


Do I need tea too?


I’ll just buy it, yes.


Green man, go go go!


One street and I’m there.


Okay, milk, eggs, tea.


Oh, there’s a florist!


Hmm I should get some.


Yes, Aisyah likes them.


Daffodils are best.


Where was I again?


Oh yes, groceries.


Get milk, eggs, and tea,


Then back home for rest.


Milk, eggs, and tea bought.


There’s something missing.


It’s fine, I’ll ask Din.


Din’s coming over


                For dinner tonight.


Or it’s tomorrow.


Traffic light ahead.


Green man, go go go!


Wait, is it this way?


School, cafe, clinic.


Must be right after.


I circle again.


Strangers approach me,


They ask where I live.


I could only stare.


They look at my card


And return me home.


Din’s nagging greets me.


Nice to meet you too.


I search for Aisyah,


Aisyah is not here.


I hold flowers near.


The same kind atop


The kitchen table


The dining table


And in the bedroom.


I ask where’s Aisyah


With flowers clutched close.


Din moves his lips and


Momentarily


Hesitates to speak.


He says his mother,


Aisyah is no more.


Lies six feet under,


Flowers bought for nought.


He says it’s been years


And still the same dance


How it’ll be the


Same script tomorrow.


Din sighs and says that


I’m his only kin.


I say okay then,


And place the bouquet


With the rest of them.


Oh wait, Din is here.


There’s something missing


Milk, eggs, and - tofu!


Din, we need tofu


For dinner tonight.


I start to head out.


Din, with a deep sigh


Offers to take me


To the shops. He says


No more daffodils,


Only buy tofu.


Oh those daffodils!


Hmm we should get some.


Yes, Aisyah likes them.


Daffodils are best.

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