MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 485: STEADFAST DECLINE
cry Malaysians cry
nation torn apart by race
contenders compete in change
self-destruct in blood spilled path
down to the fourth world
Today is the 62th National Independent Day of the nation. Normally all races should be exhilarated by the grandeur. The hearts of many minorities are depressed by wild sentiments. Even a Malay academician delivered a desperate message about the “meaningless of the Independence”. This might not be shared by all, but it’s an unusual event to mark in my poetry narration. The tittle “steadfast” is from the Malay translation of “Setia”, meaning of loyal sacrifices to oath, friendship, nation etc.