Friday, July 30, 2010

Poem on Penang People

Penang People

To this corner of the world came
People from China and India
From Indonesia and Europe
Some of the people
Adopted local ways
They spoke Malay
Dressed Malay
But still kept their customs
Others stuck to their ways
While firmly planting
A foot on Malaysian soil
The alchemy worked
And today we have a nation
That is a kaleidoscope
Of many things and many people
We all belong to this fabric
Having each lent a stitch
To make up a whole
Now we invite the world
To see this tapestry.

David Lazarus, 1986.

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