Last Walls is a partnership between Thiscene Media and If Walls Could Talk. Every week, organizer Melizarani T. Selva gives us one of her favorite poems from the last If Walls Could Talk and we put it up on the site.

In celebration of National Poetry Writing Month, Last Walls will showcase 2 poems from Spill The Ink Poetry Lab, “a monthly poetry lab welcoming poets from all ages, pages and stages.” Spill The Ink is an initiative of If Walls Could Talk.

This poem was posted on Friday, April 7, 2017.


White is not might

by Nana


White is not might,

it’s the ulcer behind wisdom teeth

fighting against gum beds

for no reason

other than resisting extinction.

(Do they not know the modern human

have no need for extra herbivorous

mastication action?)

White is the blinding migraine,

the exposure to light

that you have no need of

like the blight upon Africa,

so sudden

and so arrogant,

claiming the spaces in your head

with a “default” face

(that Major twist was so insulting,

it’s no wonder it got third place

in the local box office).

White is the

blank paper,

blank screen,

blank everything

taunting you with

“writer’s block! writer’s block!”

White is the orange man

sending orange gas

and orange bombs

to kill the strange

and the things he don’t understand

amidst orange cheers:

Pepsi’s definition of “be the change.”

White is the comment section

of a night out

and loneliness.



As a spoken word poet, Nana has participated in both solo and ensemble performances at events including George Town Literary Festival and Suatukala in Langkawi. Under the nom de plume Nabila Najwa, her writing has been featured in The Jakarta Post, Dirty x Dirty, Jurnal Obscura, and the Malaysian Anthology of Modern Poetry. As an educator, she conducts private tutoring sessions, has toured Malaysia with the Oh My English! Goes To School crew, and facilitated a Speech and Drama Camp for Montage Brunei. Nana dabbles in photography in her spare time.


For NAPOWRIMO, Spill The Ink is inviting poets to write a poem a day for 30 days. If you get stuck, don’t worry! They post daily writing prompts to help you out.

Poetry Cafe KL is also extending the same invite to aspiring writers, offering free tickets for lucky participants to its upcoming show Tongue Tied 2 – The Monsters From Our Fairy Tales on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Nana is a NAPOWRIMO mod for Poetry Cafe KL. Check their Facebook Group for more details.


If Walls Could Talk is a live poetry night at Gaslight Cafe, Plaza Damansara, every second Thursday of the month.