Ironically, In This Vastness Of Land
This is a poem, titled after a hand-painted bowl which was created by the author, a few years ago. Whereas , the poem is inspired by the many tragic news of perished immigrants on rough seas. They were trying to reach a better-land in this, ironically, vastness of land on mother earth.
IRONICALLY, IN THIS VASTNESS OF LAND In this vastness of land stretching and circling this bowl round and round, but, to no end! From the bowl’s interior radiates that phosphorescent glow a beckoning promise, almost superior! Across the wide seas and oceans breaking families, risking lives to find that elusive ‘greener grass’ notions! On rough waters, human lives inhumanly packed in over-crowded sea vessels clutching desperately to partners and wives. “I see the land, I see the land!” But it was, many a times, an illusion to touch beaches, to kiss the sand. Can you see the land, a better-land? Will freedom be your stand in this vastness of land? -Chen Song Ping @ TPTan, 18 Jan 2021-
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“What has happened to us in this country? If we study our own history, we find that we have always been ready to receive the unfortunate from other countries, and though this may seem a generous gesture on our part, we have profited a thousand fold by what they have brought us.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
SING A SONG OF FREEDOM
The following poem is about music as a plausible and healing therapy. Especially for those incarcerated in mental hospitals, prisons, or immigrant centers. A notable concept is Making music, healing souls including Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO),and Finding sanity through songs.
Sing a song of freedom Sing a song of freedom breaking through four walls is a light; a beacon In immigration detentions prison or hospitals do buoy up musical extensions Rehearse a song for sanity sake all day long. Sing your heart out (SYHO) as loud as you want even if you carry no clout. Adopting therapy in music as a tool for recovery Keeping minds clear; lucid So, do sing a song of freedom finding sanity through songs to free the mind of demons for one with no intent of treason. Chen Song Ping, 18 Jan 2021