Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Jakarta's Flood Legacy Post Colonialism - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

it is now 70 years plus since visionary Dutch toiled to prevent
floods in Jakarta with their dams drains built flood preventions
what great noble list of Mayors and Governors has held office?

in prime regional government district Jakarta in Indonesia
after Indonesian independence in 1945 to safeguard the city?
15 men have held this position since World War two ended?

none completed carried on visionary Dutch flood schemes
from 1965 to 2007 military Lt-Generals or Maj-Generals
served in office post regional government district of Jakarta

a fat lot of good their rule time for citizens change change?
now Governors of Indonesian provinces including Jakarta
are chosen via popular election purchased promise elections

13 Lt-Gen Sutiyoso, TNI Governor 1997 to 2007,11 years
14 Dr. Ing. H. Fauzi Bowo, Governor 2007 to 2012,5 years
15 Ir. Joko Widodo, Governor 15 October 2012,3 months

post colonialism in regional government district Jakarta
has had 15 Mayors and Governors holding esteemed office
none have risen to creating new flood prevention schemes?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Split image from the poem 'Seasonal Disaster Flooding In Jakarta' by Terence George Craddock.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 21, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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