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 are inhumanly packed in overcrowded sea vessels clutching desperately to partners and wives. “I see the land, I see the land!” But it was, many a time, 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
2. “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 thousandfold by what they have brought us.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt