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July Contest Winner: Singapore Noodles

Each month we hold a writing contest for our members, by our members. Writers are given parameters, such as a word count and/or a prompt. Entries are judged and discussed blindly. This month, writers were given the broad prompt "Singapore" with a word count not to exceed 800.

Singapore Noodles

by Gabrielle Gold

Its scent is sharp and warm,

rising with coils of steam

as the plate is set before me.

Evoking markets and painted shrines,

it spins stories of a far-off place,

dusted with curry and lies.

An island favorite, gold as the shores,

but not that island. We have mixed

up our names and our spices,

colonized and confused.

Child of opposing directions,

born amidst the crush

of laborers and conquerors and hope,

linked by title alone

not to China, or Britain, or anyone

who had a say in the matter.

I lift a fragrant bundle

in my chopsticks, still clumsy

and determined not to eat

like a foreigner.

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