I had to jump like a monkey
To grab the dangling handles overhead.
My sister, two years older, only had to tiptoe.
By the time I reached the handles
She was swinging from the bar
On which the handles hung.
We spun around the poles
Until we got dizzy and had to stop.
When the train went underground
We knelt on our seats,
Cupped our faces in our hands,
Stuck our foreheads on the glass,
And became a part of the whooshing darkness.
There were little blue lights that flashed by
And the game was to exclaim
Whenever we saw the sudden spark.
We mimicked the announcements
In English and Mandarin
Fumbled with Malay
And giggled over Tamil.
Mom laughed at us, with us.
Sometimes she told us to hush.
When she stood up and went
In those days we knew not
The difference between going
And getting there.