Every city is alive and
is always telling you
what it thinks.
Sometimes we just
need to stop and read.
(A portmanteau of "keluh"
and "dinding"-written graffiti)
is an ongoing project
and appreciate street pose.
When someone writes on a wall it's often direct and to the point. The urgency to put thoughts on a wall is the beauty of kelunding. This was found on Jalan Tun H S Lee.
surprises like this sweet note
from a pengemis (beggar)
with a marker are a gem to find.
This was found
on a pavement along Jalan Ampang.
Or this beautiful piece
found in Section 17,
"Never forget Where You Started
We fight For Truth
Wisdom and Dreams With No Fear
By Confronting or Conscience."
The next time you take a walk in the city, Take the time to see what it feels. Kelunding almost always never last.
Francis Wolf is a musician, writer, publisher, and tabletop-games-
shop-proprietor. His band, Spunky Funggy was one of the pioneers of KL’s punk rock scene. His latest solo album, Surrogate Friend, was released in 2016. His books include Kept In Ink, A memoir about Friendship, Precarity, and getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand; and Kelunding,
Photographic documentation of written graffiti in & around Kuala Lumpur.
Francis Wolf was invited to write this short story in conjunction of Urbanscapes 2019 in an effort to get people to