椰醬飯 Coconut Rice (Malaysia: Nasi Lemak)


Never feeling hungry when you eat it
Never feeling sad

Fewer and fewer people grow rice
Fewer and fewer work in the fields

The city develops different tastes
Yet rice always neutralizes our pain

Feeling full when you eat it
Feeling strong when you have it

The city develops different melancholies
Rice has become the bits and pieces you lost

Fewer and fewer people sow seeds in Spring
Fewer and fewer harvest in Autumn

Fewer and fewer people grind the grains
Fewer and fewer people husk rice

The city gives you scars in seven colours
The rice gives you consolation in white

Never feeling grief when you eat it
Never feeling wrath

Never feeling lost when you have it
Never gone astray


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