-ING

1. Smoking

Lighter
Inhale
Exhale
Mesmerized
Nicotine
Rhapsodies
Aureole
Of ashes
Falsetto
Of smoke
Bleary
Inhale
Fiercely
Exhale
Finally
Dapper
Cigarette
Butts
Crooked
In ashtray
Smokeless
Fatuous
Reality
Crumbled
Haven
Heavier

2. Haunting

A night
Chinese night
Hell gate
Unlocked
Border-crossing
Ghosts
Tourists
Passports
Visa-less
A breeze
Nameless
Call it
Face-scraping
Whiff
Or a spirit’s
Hand
Sliding

3. Prewriting

Some whats
A few hows
Always where
Always when

A teapot
Lip-burning
Herbal tea
Uprising bubbles
Mind-bending blabber

A plot
For prose
Votive thoughts
For verse

Thoughts
Anthology
Of chaotic
Thoughts

A prompt
Impromptu
Imported from
Solar moths

Wings
Flap with
Hell dusts
Ground by
Unlicensed
Alchemist

3 g of horniness
A pregnant ashtray
15 pp of Pessoa
120 min of solitude
2 irrelevant relationships
A muse in transit

by Nicholas Wong

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