THE TIMES, THE MORALS (After Ee Tiang Hong) Testy times Tempers flake, bruise Blood swells veins As memories burn. Times were When reason prevailed And men talked -- Eyes glittering. Now it’s tit for tat No relenting Frayed nerves Know no restraint. We pray n plead For sanity’s return As pall bearers Carry another dead.
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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