Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Other National Virtues by Gwee Li Sui

I asked for teh tarek
Got half the glass in effervescence
Got food poisoning because
Half my mee's in its adolescence
Criticize, complain, condemn
With a hand over the abdomemn.

The players pant like pups
Think they are playing table tennis
The blundering referee
Is giving me tuberculosis
Criticize, complain, condemn
Throughout the National Stadiemn.

Sure, we may know we live
In a kind of modern paradise
But it's hell when we come to
Any bureaucratic exercise
Criticize, complain, condemn
All over on the referendemn.


  1. Hi, thanks for sharing my poem here! :) I note that you have used the version found in the first edition of &Words, which contains errors. The poem has 3 stanzas of 6 lines each. Also, the last line should read "All over on the referendemn." Post-Independence Singapore has no referendum to date! FYI, Gwee

  2. Oops, I just saw this! Better late than never. Errors rectified - thanks Dr Gwee :)