10 May 2008



                Hong Lim Park

                a fat man stands
                announces an opinion
                as if it mattered

                in the hot sun
                the trees yawn and
                almost sigh

                the retirees wish
                they had their
                park back

posted by Gilbert at Saturday, May 10, 2008

7 Comments:

Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Hong Lim Park is a place of some historical, political and sociological interest in Singapore. It is our Speakers' Corner. More info here.

June 11, 2006  
Blogger Jee Leong Koh said...

Hi Gilbert,
congrats on making it to Frank Wilson's blog.

http://booksinq.blogspot.com

Cheers,
Jee Leong

June 12, 2006  
Blogger Dickson said...

Hi Gilbert,

I'm in my late 30's, well-educated. Someone who went thro the typical Singapore education system. The last time I read poetries was when I was in Sec 1 & 2. Which was also the last time I did any literature.

Since then, I have always read widely - fiction, non-fiction - but not literature. And not poetry.

I came across your writings today from Mr. Wang's blog (http://commentarysingapore.blogspot.com). I read each one of those writings that had touched Mr. Wang.

And I just want you to know that your writings touched my heart too. I always thot I'm the last person who'd appreciate poetry. I don't (and still don't) understand "structures" and some of the various comments I read about how the poetry is written. But what I do get, reading your writings, is that you've conveyed something about that subject matter - something that I also feel - but put it across in a manner that connects with me, perhaps in a way that straight forward non-poetry writing don't.

Ironically, what triggered this piece on Mr. Wang's blog was teaching poetry in schools and Mr. Wang's take on what WON'T be taught. And here I am learning to actually appreciate a poetry precisely through that!

Keep on writing.

Warmest regards

June 16, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Thank you, Dickson, that was very kind of you. Poetry is usually badly taught in schools, that's why it has few fans. :)

June 19, 2006  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

i have read this in an online journal before, and my thoughts were , wow! this describes our Speakers' Corner so neatly.
Do our apathetic people really care about the place?

June 20, 2006  
Blogger Wolfgang said...

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June 21, 2006  
Blogger Wolfgang said...

Hong Lim Park is a joke. It is a place where the gahmen can use and say,"we have freedom of speech." But they know, with the restrictions they placed, not many people would dare or bother in the long run.

June 21, 2006  

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