MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 481: CALLIGRAPHY CULT

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 481: CALLIGRAPHY CULT

calligraphy cult

shadowy play on race drum

shouts on nightmare scream

national treasure

fearful forced hegemony

shrill voice of subdued

cultural art skill

conscripted script with brush stroke

hairs of foxy tail

Maya Angelou.

Note:

Recently the Malaysian Education Department (with the approval of PM) introduced compulsory Jawi calligraphy in primary four onwards. Chinese medium schools have to study three languages (Malay, Chinese and English), now Jawi script to be added for national union. Instead it arouses more controversy and dissent than endearment. Right or wrong, it is seen as policy of assimilation, if not, racialism.

I was reading  “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and this line, shadow shouts on a nightmare scream, inspired me to write this run of haiku/senryu.

I am uncertain whether there will be “another breeze” of Hope for the country. Worse than the caged bird, it is trapped within its racial mindset.

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