Saturday, May 09, 2009
(Source: The Star)
by Capt. Abdul Aziz Abdullah
The Prince was made to wait, while Assemblymen castigate;
Hurling abuses ingrate, at each other and officials of State;
In resplendent uniform innate, behaving more like primates;
'Tis a sad day for the State, whose Ruler was once prime adjudicate!
Why it came to this, do not require a thesis;
Once Rakyat's will dismiss, it invites action remiss;
What ought be basis, to prevent further crisis;
Many know what it is, few dare to act on this!
To assume ignorance, of pent up indignance;
With numbers imbalance, claiming governance;
May provide dominance, temporary sustenance;
Not for long continuance, nor stability assurance!
Why not dissolution, initiate state election;
Let Rakyat provide determination, their preference of faction;
To be in administration, to be governing sans confusion;
Bring state to progression, economic and political suasion!
The longer the acrimony, with semblance of anarchy;
Deeper into quandary, the state will be;
Sense ought be seen clearly, fair play epitome of integrity;
Resolve current ignominy, settle present ambiguity!
I pray to Almighty, provide 'em thought clarity;
'Tis the masses we pity, when elected reps be greedy;
Power-hungry they may be, heavy is their responsibility;
Never shirk accountability, do best for State & Country!
(A former colleague in Klang Port Authority, Capt. Aziz may just be Malaysia's answer to John Masefield. He now lectures at a local maritime academy)
UPDATE on Sunday May 10, 2009 (MOTHERS' DAY) at 1030 hrs:
A Homily to all Mummies!
by Capt. Abdul Aziz Abdullah
You nurtured me well, in your warm womb I dwell;
Causing you be unwell, nausea and others as well;
Yet you never tell, you never did spell;
The discomforts that befell, pregnancy unlike in eggshell!
When I entered this world, you treated me like gold;
Protected me from cold, sheltered me from dangers untold;
Mesmerised me with songs of old, cuddled me, oh, so bold;
You were savior to behold, you were epitome of love in whole!
When I was growing, you provide me everything;
At times saving scrapping, to ensure I had trappings,
Of a youth developing, to manhood so enterprising;
None was prohibiting, all my wants fulfilling!
The day I left home, to boarding school so lonesome;
You wept so woesome, unwilling to break our twosome;
I missed you awesome, longed for food so wholesome;
Yet, knowing you’re home, made me feel not worrisome!
You, in your wisdom, chose a spouse to end my bachelordom;
You ensured proper tandem, you prepared compatibility quorum;
Once own family became my forum, I visited you seldom;
Yet, ne’er you showed antagonism, granted me total freedom!
I focused on working, on earning a living;
Career concentrating, you appeared only in passing;
Occasions of joy missing, celebrations forfeiting;
Thought you were satisfying, monthly allowance receiving!
Call came unsuspecting, “Mum wishes you be accompanying”;
“To her grave!” – so startling, so very shocking;
I dropped everything, rushed home sans thinking;
Stayed with you till departing, fulfilled your wish – oh, ‘twas so hurting!
Mum, if only you can hear me – on this day so specially;
YOU ARE TRULY, AN ANGEL PERSONIFIED WHOLLY;
Moulded me successfully, though we’re just a level above poverty;
If I can only whisper softly, “I MISSED YOU, MUM, OH, SO DEARLY!”
(Hmmm ... orphan or not, this guy now owe me a nasi kandaq!)
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 18:13