Tania De Rozario is an artist, writer and curator interested in issues of gender and sexuality. She is the author of Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press: 2013) and co-founder of EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform focused on developing and showcasing art, writing and film by women. She co-edited Body Boundaries (The Literary Centre: 2014), an anthology of poetry and prose by 28 woman writers, and was winner of the 2011 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for English Poetry. Tania’s visual work has been exhibited in Singapore, the UK, USA, Spain and the Netherlands. She is currently working on her second book.
In 2001, lovers Michelle Yong, 21, and Wee May May, 30, jumped to their deaths from a flat in Toa Payoh, Singapore. They were both dressed in red and had red thread tied around their fingers.
You were found wearing red, two bodies broken
by gravity, reporters scavenging for scandal
in hidden codes of culture: Only a matter of time
before you’d return, wearing anger for skin, to haunt
those left behind. The story gets muddled in moral
and myth: “Stormy friendship”, “Therapy”, “Torn between
boy and girl”. What final indignity did you suffer
before deciding: Anything but this, anywhere but here?
Reduced to names and noise, you sit
heavy on my chest, as though I was the one
who pushed you, as though I am the one who awaits
your revenge: Who did you dress for when you jumped?