My Beloved Singapore who would have thought in 50 years you'd grow from a village/town to a city/metropolis? and yet if I had been attentive, the seeds were sown and the fruits were expected. little in my nation grows spontaneously there's careful planning, planting of opportunities obtaining rewards for jobs well done. so now, celebrating our National Day comes naturally- and we rejoice knowing many become one. Reaching Out... we are known globally as a nation of multi-cultures but we are united as one people. not an easy goal to realise knowing how differences divide and make unity problematic. despite the given difficulties we have come through- showing there is hope when the desired ends are commonly shared- and understood.
Kirpal Singh is a poet and a literary critic from Singapore. An internationally recognised scholar, Singh has won research awards and grants from local and foreign universities. He was one of the founding members of the Centre for Research in New Literatures, Flinders University, Australia in 1977; the first Asian director for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994, and chairman of the Singapore Writers’ Festival in the 1990s. He retired the Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre.
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