Not a Sufi

Say! the cave

of the soul lit

a speck of light

is yet to be able

shining bright as

the flame of mystical ecstasy

burn the metaphor

from the lump

heartbeats of passion

the nerves of life

flowing the substance of love

does the lover, still

want to drink

the wine of yearning

from this trophy of

conscience nil?

–Noor Aisya Buang
Aisya has been writing poems since 2011. Her poems and short stories have been published in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia newspapers. Her first poetry book Kastil Aisya (Aisya’s Castle)  has won book prize in Malay Literary Award, Singapore 2015 and shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2016. Her second Malay poetry book Cahaya Dalam Sunyi (Light in Loneliness) has been published recently. She is now in preparation to translate her poems in English and publishing her first Malay short stories. She can be reached through email


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