24 May 2006


                Social Ambitions

                I’m doing
                all the
                right things
                moving in
                all the
                right directions
                spiraling up
                all the
                right circles
                to my dreams
                in society’s
                higher places.
                The higher
                I get,
                the further
                I have to
                go -
                I’m always
                almost very nearly
                there,
                but never quite
                there yet.
                It seems that the
                same goes for
                nearly everyone else
                in this peculiar,
                perpetually
                hungry
                little nation
                of ours.
posted by Gilbert at Wednesday, May 24, 2006

3 Comments:

Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Another very old poem by me.

May 24, 2006  
Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

A poignant insight. But I don't think this applies merely to your "peculiar, perpetually hungry little nation of ours." I think it applies everywhere, pretty much.

May 25, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

For me, this poem speaks with the voice of every man, or perhaps of the middle-class Singaporean who seeks to become 'successful', only to find out that once again 'success' eludes him as the social criteria and definition of success has been raised a bar higher. The gentle repetition of "right" with the excectation of what 'right' holds and promises, yet continues to just about fall short, nuilds up sadness, disappointment and a realisation that this "perpetual" hunger is never really satisfied. A quiet but powerful poem.

May 30, 2006  

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