03 May 2008



                On Foreign Talent

                All the world’s a stage.
                We are actors.
                The script of my country
                has been rewritten
                for new and foreign
                stars.
                I could leave to act
                elsewhere,
                or else forever play
                the minor parts.
                “You’re dispensable,”
                says the director.
                It’s his call.
                Although I feel cheated,
                I know that his show
                must go on.

posted by Gilbert at Saturday, May 03, 2008

8 Comments:

Blogger M. Shahin said...

Wow! This is very good and very relevant to what is going on in the world today, especially in America.

November 05, 2006  
Blogger mrdes said...

wow...thanks! My sentiment exactly.

November 05, 2006  
Blogger mrdes said...

Thanks! My sentiment exactly!At times I fear, with the advancement of technology (look at youtube) and the gradual abandon of art by local youths, will literature - like poetry - be lost from our land? Keep writing and spread the words, will you?:)

November 05, 2006  
Blogger mrdes said...

Thanks! My sentiment exactly! At times I fear, with the advancement of technology (look at youtube) and the gradual abandon of art by local youths, will literature - like poetry - be lost from our land? Keep writing and spread the words, will you?:)

November 05, 2006  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

So true. Reflection of our times.

November 07, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

A heartfelt sense of anxiety that one is valued less than others who sometimes by virtue of their being 'foreign' are declared 'talent'. I gather this sentiment is shared by many heartlander S'poreans today.

However, outside of this poem, I personally feel that closing doors or 'branding' people who seek a better future on one's shore is probelamtic. The US economy is much dependent on the Latin Americans who willingly take up certain jobs other Americans feel averse doing. The same can be said of S'pore whose foreign talent consists mainly of Malaysians who toil long hours in factories or some service related undustries, and professionals who are unwanted and marginalised by their country. I believe that it is important too to acknowledge the contribution of these people, even while maintaining a balanced immigration policy that both gives opportunies to others and at the same time protect local interests.

November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One wonders if one is better off being a "foreign talent" in this world... I mean one does not even get the label of "local talent", but it seems that when one works for some other country, one is automatically give the title "foreign talent".

November 12, 2006  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

The reality of being a small nation, small inthe sense of numbers....can I put your blog on my links, please reply to my blog if possibe

November 21, 2006  

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