Interesting Times May you live them, not just survive them. May you be their agent, their instigation, the one they bless / they blame when everything goes to hell & back. May you be captured in a news still, waving the flag or ripping it down from its ruthless hoist. May you be larger than the skin you inhabit. May your romances be epic, your victories be real, your role in the costume drama they make of our now win a Golden Horse. May your utterances be remembered / productively misunderstood. May you inspire action. May you inspire poetry, good & mediocre. May your myth inspire terror in the imperial guard, ten centuries hence. & may you escape it all when you need to, find peace in the peacelessness. Above all, wreak a lovely havoc. Leave the history textbooks stained with sweetest fire.
Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean writer, cultural researcher and LGBT+ activist. He formerly co-organised IndigNation: Singapore's Pride Season and co-edited GASPP: a Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose. His books include SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century, Last Boy, A Book of Hims and Lion City.