Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September 16 (Reprise)

A long time ago
A wise old man said:
We are like the kenyalang
We are the kenyalang
When you don't see the kenyalang
Any more, we are also no more.

The kenyalang flew from
Our high forest hills down to the wide open sea
In the freshness of the jungle green
In the brightness of the midday sun
And the warmth of the tropical breeze
Our heaven and paradise
Our little patch of widerness.

For ten weeks in nineteen sixty-three
From July twenty-second, a Monday
To September fifteenth, a Sunday
The kenyalang flew free.

Now the kenyalang cannot find its home
The hole in the trunk is gone
The hole is there, the trunk is not
The kenyalang is now no more

My Fair Land, how have you been
We have failed to protect and honour you
When you were given up to be
Federated, on September sixteenth.

2 comments:

CT Choo said...

A sad poem. But too true.

chapchai said...

Poignant; makes me so homesick for my homeland that was federated on 16 September 1963. What did I know then what was to happen? I was but a giddy and selfish young girl concerned with herself whilst my elders around me were arguing the pros and cons of this federation. Yes, we have failed but does that mean we cannot rectify the wrongs we have done?