Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poem: "Singapore Catechism"

Singapore Catechism


Laterite roots

     Liew Geok Leong, “Exiles Return”


You go where? 
I’m going from the literal to the lateral, from roots to routes.

You go where? 
I’m going from the lateral to the littoral, from routes to riots.

You go where? 
I’m going from the littoral to the literate, from riots to rights.

You go where? 
I’m going from the literate to the litany, from rights to rites.

You go where? 
I’m going from the litany to the laterite, from rites to rust.

2 comments:

Ms. said...

distinguished in simplicity, this is a lovely piece of poetic wordplay with a message that packs just the right punch.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Thank you, Michelle. You are lovely reader.