john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,083 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Suicidal English - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

A front to bulldoze the world?
The humble English language inches
Its way round the world picking up
A snobbishness that many ignorant
Souls would die to keep as if it is
The language of their souls
Particularly among Asiatics
Where some happily give up their
Mother tongue just to flaunt
Their mastery of a tongue
Which carries no historical naunces
Of their own, no cultural sounds
Which have taken an eternity.
To emerge in their own lingo;
A treasure then blindly
Carted away in the backyard,
A superficial sophistication keenly pursued;
Its attainment accentuating the
Shallowness and inadequacy of
Their own personality, identity and growth.

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  • (12/31/2005 6:00:00 AM)

    Interesting point, John. English is reputedly an incredibly difficult language to learn. But if you look at it more closely you would find that English is developed from many linguistic forms: Germanic, French, Latin, Greek and even Asian to name a few. Perhaps one shouldn't knock people for taking up a new language but rather look down on those who do not.

    All the same, you put the theme over very well even if itlacks that humanist vibrancy.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 31, 2005

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