THIS IS MY STORY ON SINGAPORE (這是我的新加坡故事)

Recently Singapore celebrated its 46th Anniversary, and the theme was telling their stories. I watched the show on TV, and composed this poem for sharing. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Laureate for Literature in 1967, wrote in Hundred Years of Solitude, that Melquiades died in the “sands of Singapore.”
Few Malaysians realized that Cecil Rajendra, poet and human rights lawyer was among the nominee for the Literature prize. Melquiades suffered from scurvy in Malaya. We were selling sand to Singapore. The main point is Singapore is an advance First World, and we may not stay long in the Second World with the current mindset.
This poem is mainly to encourage readers on both sides of the causeway to read and write more. I hope there will be more interaction. Hundred Years is a recommended reading. Again, the translation is done by Mdm. Lui May Wong, a reader from Toronto.

Died In the sands of Singapore
死于新加坡的沙灘
Melquiades left his parchment,
馬奎斯遺留他的羊皮紙,
the alchemy, deep in the swamps,
煉金術,在沼澤的深渊,
for the wise and diligent
對智慧和勤勉
to discover, magic and wisdom,
的發現,魔術和才智,
the rebirth of another
重生的另一個
city state, The ancient prince,
城國,那古代的王子,
by the power of a company clerk,
由一個權力公司的職員,
transformed the cat he saw
他看到那小貓
into a lion, and named it so,
變為獅子,這麼稱它,
and hocus pocus,
魔幻術語,
the tears of the mentor,
那良師的眼淚,
yellow petals and gold fishes,
黃金花瓣與黃金鱼,
Into a Merloin, Accepted
成為一條魚尾獅,接受
hard working coolies and rejects,
辛勤苦力及廢選者,
from coastal China, the brains
從中國沿海,那智力
from the north and nearby land,
從北部和附近的居地,
without discrimination of colour,
無歧視的顏色,
Turning the barren into a
由貧瘠的轉進為一個
modern metropolis, a tiny
現代的大都市,一個小小
dotty island, called united
步不穩的島嶼,稱聯合
constituencies, lasting
組別,持久
almost half a century.
幾乎半個世紀。
It will endure, as long as
它將持續下去, 祇要
aware of genealogical
意識到的系統
incest and corruptions,
語言文化與腐化。
of small varied population,
各異小型的群體,
able to internally tuned,
能在內部調整和諧,
externally re-wired in a
外部重進一個
ever changing world.
不停變化的世界。

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